Institute for Advanced Computational Science

For this data-driven Antarctic ecologist, it all adds up

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the bottom of the world comes Stony Brook University’s latest top scientist – a Big Data-driven ecologist with an unprecedented passion for penguins. Adélie penguins, to be precise, and other Antarctic penguin populations, whose migratory patterns and colony sizes have lots to say about the health of the Southern Ocean ecosystem – and the global effects of climate change. Such is the purview of Heather Lynch, an associate professor of…


On ray beams, death stars and petaflops

By GREGORY ZELLER // A national research team led by Stony Brook University scientists is about to get a close-up look at neutron-star explosions, thermonuclear supernovae and other spectacularly volatile astrophysical phenomena. At least, they’ll get up close and personal with simulated space explosions, courtesy of one of the world’s fastest supercomputers. A project led by SBU Department of Physics and Astronomy professors Michael Zingale and Alan Calder has been awarded 45 million “processor hours”…


DOE taps SBU guru, for a billion-billion reasons

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious nationwide computational-chemistry effort – which could enhance critical biomass-based energy production, among other next-level sciences – will be led by one of Stony Brook University’s biggest brains. The U.S. Department of Energy has named Robert Harrison, director of SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, chief architect of a DOE effort to improve the functionality of high-performance computational chemistry, which combines theoretical chemistry methods and super-efficient software to calculate structures,…


National stage for SBU’s computer-science center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s cutting-edge Institute for Advanced Computational Science will play a key role in a national effort to give Big Data power to thousands of new researchers. The IACS will lend the number-crunching might of its high-speed SeaWulf computer cluster to the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, a new national initiative supported by a five-year, $19.4 million National Science Foundation grant. All told, the NSF is pouring some $35 million over the…