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Photo Friday: Titan supercomputer looks at cold weather wind

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Much of the world’s best wind resources lie in colder climates that can prove challenging for current wind turbine designs. This visualization is from research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where researchers are simulating the freezing of water droplets in order to help them in developing advanced wind turbines for cold climates. The team uses Titan – one of the world’s largest supercomputers – to run these simulations.

Photo credit: M. Matheson, US Department of Energy – Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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  1. 1. ianai 3:10 pm 03/16/2014

    While this is very cool, and Titan is very fast, it is not even CLOSE to the fastest or largest supercomputer in the world. And hasn’t been for a while.

    This is easily tracked on Top500.org. You can find the last list at: .

    Link to this
  2. 2. Melissa Lott 5:22 pm 03/16/2014

    Thanks for your comment, ianai

    Link to this

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