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”…

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