/// What’s the Titan Supercomputer Been Up To Lately? You Won’t Believe It.
Twice a year the bit-crunching community stands up and takes notice of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. That’s when the semi-annual Top 500 List comes out. But have you ever thought much about what those supercomputers are doing most of the time? Yesterday there was some news from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee that provided something of an answer. ORNL is, you’ll recall, the home of Titan, the most powerful computer known to exist in the U.S. and, as of the latest Top 500 list, the second most powerful machine in the world , after China’s Tianhe-2. Using first a smaller supercomputer named Anton, scientists at Oak Ridge, the University of Tennessee and the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences simulated the behavior of 140,000 atoms from the biological signaling mechanisms in E. coli cells.
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What’s the Titan Supercomputer Been Up To Lately? You Won’t Believe It.