Prof. Fuqing's Zhang's research group runs one millionth job on TACC supercomputer

"Bill Barth, director of TACC's HPC group, said, "The demand for time on Ranger has been very high and instrumental to making TeraGrid the nation's largest resource for open science computational research. The system has run more than 600 million central processing unit hours so far." As for the user who ran the millionth job, Barth said it was a small post-processing job (16 processors) completed by Dr. Yonghui Weng, research associate, in Professor Fuqing Zhang's hurricane research group at the Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology."


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"Researchers need to perform a variety of tasks on Ranger and they are all important to the research process," Barth said. " In addition, we have different types of researchers-ones who are interested in running large single-simulation problems, and ones who are interested in running thousands or millions of really small problems. Our job is to support science at whatever scale."

Weng's research explores the potential of on-demand HPC to support hurricane forecast operations and to evaluate high-resolution ensembles to achieve Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) goals for the development and implementation of the next-generation hurricane forecast system.

Weng said he has been using Ranger consistently since July 2008 to produce improvements in hurricane forecast accuracy. Zhang's hurricane research group at Pennsylvania State is sponsored by grants from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration HFIP project.

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