October 2009

The use of massively parallel computing on powerful machines has been a great benefit to many scientific researchers. Among these are the astrophysicists, who deal with enormous datasets as they study cosmic phenomena. Professor Tom Jones, Department of Astronomy and Interim Director of the Supercomputing Institute, and his research group have successfully developed a fully parallel code that scales to several thousand cores. Using this code, the group is able to create simulations of galaxy jets. The simulation shown is a 2000x2000x500 mesh simulation of a "narrow angle tail” galactic jet, which is due to a relatively weak jet in a strong wind; the picture shows the jet’s vorticity in log scale. This computation was performed on a cluster running Microsoft HPC Server 2008.