Dr. Donna Cox: ‘Visualizing nature’s most extreme storms on one of the world’s fastest supercomputers’

Visualizing nature’s most extreme storms on one of the world’s fastest supercomputers; looks inside Hurricane Katrina and tornado-bearing thunderstorms and at climate change

Dr. Donna Cox, National Center for Supercomputer Applications-University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

What you are to see in this presentation by Dr. Donna Cox of the University of Illinois-Champaign is nothing short of breathtaking!  Join us for a look at the groundbreaking scientific visualization which is underway on the fasted university supercomputer anywhere in the world–the mammoth Blue Waters supercomputer on University of Illinois campus in Champaign. It’s used by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for their work which has included stunning computer simulations of Hurricane Katrina churning across the Gulf of Mexico, the planet’s climate warming and the changes this is to bring in temperature and precipitation distribution and of tornado-bearing thunderstorms, not unlike those which swept the Midwest this past November. The animations put together by Dr. Cox and her colleagues have been featured in IMAX films which have taken viewers out into the Universe using computer enhanced Hubble space telescope imagery.

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