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- 01.29.15 - NASA Supercomputer Assists the Hunt for Exomoons
- A team of 21st-century explorers are searching for exomoons using data from NASA's Kepler mission and the Pleiades supercomputer.
- 01.22.15 - Pleiades Supercomputer Performance Leaps to 5.35 Petaflops with Latest Expansion
- NASA's flagship supercomputer, Pleiades, was recently expanded with 1,008 new nodes utilizing Intel Xeon E5-2680v3 (Haswell) processors. The expansion brings the total number of Pleiades’ Haswell nodes to 2,088 and increases the system's theoretical peak performance to 5.35 petaflops.
- 01.14.15 - Tales from the Superbowl of Astronomy
- National Geographic's coverage of the 225th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society includes a brief on the hunt for exomoons by Pleiades supercomputer user David Kipping, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Kipping searches for exomoons in data gathered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft.
- 01.07.15 – NASA Observatories Take an Unprecedented Look into Superstar Eta Carinae
- With the help of the Pleiades supercomputer, NASA scientists studying the binary star Eta Carinae have developed a 3D computer model using observational data collected by space telescopes over the last decade. The simulation revealed features of the star system never seen before, and helped researchers gain a better understanding of the complex interaction between the stellar winds surrounding the two stars.
- 01.07.15 - Alien Earth Baking Under a Red Sun Spotted 470 Light Years Away
- The Kepler Mission announces the 1,000th exoplanet discovered from data gathered by the space telescope, using the BLENDER software and the Pleiades supercomputer. Many of the planets discovered are too small to be identified by mass measurement, so Kepler scientists used Pleiades to process light curve data using statistical methods in their quest to find Earth-like planets outside of our solar system.
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