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Reducing jet noise with XSEDE resources

A researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is reducing sound from jet engines for his NASA- and Navy-funded research. He’s using resources provided through an organization based partly at NCSA: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). The National Science Foundation-funded project links supercomputers and code experts to academics who need them.

Daniel Bodony, Blue Waters Professor and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, is a veteran NSF supercomputer user. His research has been advanced considerably by XSEDE hardware that allows him to simulate complex phenomena, like the flow field of noise from fighter-jet engines. His research has also been aided by XSEDE’s Extended Collaborative Support Services (ECSS).

“The ECSS experts are able to look at the code and understand the hardware and software very quickly to make a diagnosis,” Bodony said in an XSEDE research highlight. “When we run our code we have a basic idea of what its weaknesses are, and we try to identify the biggest weakness that impacts our ability to run efficiently on XSEDE systems, including being able to utilize Stampede’s Intel® Xeon Phi™ processors.”

He said ECSS employee Luke Wilson has worked with him extensively in the past to identify these weaknesses.

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