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Research Spotlight: Tier 2 CMS Research with Prof. Vicki Greene

Apr. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt is a Tier 2 center of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator operated by CERN on the border between France and Switzerland. Being a Tier 2 center means that we receive data for analysis, production and storage from Fermilab, a Tier 1 center in Chicago, which in turn gets...

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Research Spotlight: Prof. Jens Meiler

Dec. 12, 2017—Jens Meiler is a professor at the Vanderbilt Institute for Chemical Biology whose research spans over 50 projects in protein structure and folding, computer aided drug discovery, and protein therapeutics, all of whom rely on the ACCRE cluster. For Professor Meiler, the experimental research is driven by using ACCRE to simulate the interactions between tens...

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Research Spotlight: Prof. Keivan Stassun

Dec. 12, 2017—Keivan Stassun is a professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt and uses ACCRE to process data for the Kilodegree Extremely Large Telescope (KELT), a multi-university collaboration to look for planets outside of our solar system. KELT made news recently because of the discovery of KELT-9b, the hottest planet ever found. Professor Stassun uses ACCRE for its...

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Research Spotlight: Prof. Antonis Rokas

Dec. 12, 2017—As a professor of biological sciences & biomedical informatics, Antonis Rokas has a wide variety of research interests: evolutionary relationships between animals, human pregnancy, and fungi. All of these fields depend on ACCRE’s computational capabilities. One of the reasons Professor Rokas uses ACCRE is the availability of support staff: “I don’t have to manage it; this is...

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Research Spotlight: Prof. Brett Byram

Dec. 12, 2017—“Ultrasound images are notoriously terrible.” That’s Professor Brett Byram, an assistant professor in biomedical engineering, and his work focuses on improving ultrasound images using big data analysis techniques. He depends on ACCRE for its file storage, access to GPUs, ability to process large jobs, and pre-installed access to Matlab. When he buys laptops for graduate...

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Research Spotlight: Prof. Tony Capra

Dec. 12, 2017—Professor Tony Capra uses ACCRE to understand the genetics of recent human evolution and the similarities between us and other primates, such as Neanderthals and chimpanzees. ACCRE was part of his decision to come in 2014, and it required the least legwork compared to setting up his own server or using a cloud computing service....

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Research Spotlight: Prof. Bennett Landman

Dec. 12, 2017—As a researcher in brain image processing, Professor Bennett Landman goes through a lot of data – up to 96 hours to process one head! When he first arrived at Vanderbilt, he would push ACCRE to its limits and take down ACCRE about every six months. Nowadays, he manages his own experimental cluster with 480...

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Research Spotlight: Dr. Joy Garnett

Dec. 12, 2017—Dr. Joy Garnett uses ACCRE for material science and electronic calculations. She learned about it as a graduate student at Vanderbilt, and appreciates ACCRE’s access to more memory and more support. The tutorial classes and appointments that ACCRE provides were helpful, and she feels that ACCRE does a great job in getting students set up...

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