Ron Stenz Recieves Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship
Ron Stenz, PhD student in Atmospheric Sciences, has been selected to receive the prestigious Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship for the school year 2016-2017. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the award includes a stipend, a tuition allowance and an allocation of 50,000 node hours - equivalent to 800,000 core hours.
Ron will be harnessing Blue Waters to simulate and analyze the heretofore neglected process of precipitation centrifuging and its impacts on tornado dynamics within supercell thunderstorms. Blue Waters, built by Cray, Inc, is the fastest supercomputer on a university campus, making up to 13 quadrillion calculations per second, and possessing hundreds of thousands of computing cores. This computing power enables Ron to improve the resolution of the tornado and clarify the behavior over many separate tornado events.
Blue Waters was designed to tackle the most compute-intensive, memory-intensive, and data-intensive science and engineering problems. To see highlights of recent research problems, see https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu