One of the world’s hubs of computation in particle physics sits inconspicuously at the corner of 56th Street and Ellis Avenue on the University of Chicago campus. Read how work from UChicago's ATLAS group and the Computation Institute helps support cutting-edge research at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.


Superconductors have made advanced technologies such as MRI machines, superconducting generators, and particle accelerators possible in our modern world. Soon, they may make futuristic concepts such as magnetic levitation trains and cheap wind energy more affordable and widespread. But in order to do so, scientists need to realize more of the theoretical potential of superconductivity to pass electric current with zero resistance.


Analyzing telescope images to search for expolanets in distant solar systems requires high-performance computation that is flexible and fast. Using Chameleon, the experimental cloud computing testbed hosted by the Computation Institute and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, a class of students at the University of Arizona built a new analytics software package that will help astronomers find these planetary needles in the cosmic haystack.


Flash Center for Computational Science

The Flash Center for Computational Science is carrying out several projects, ranging from High-Energy Density Physics(HEDP) and Supernovae to Co-Design for Exascale. The common thread running through these diverse projects is FLASH, a publicly available multiphysics multiscale simulation code with a wide international user base. 

The US ATLAS Midwest Tier2 Center (MWT2), a consortium of University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University, has grown to become a leading computing facility for the approximately 3000 physicists participating on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

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