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A Direct Bridge

An algorithm developed by University of Arkansas engineers aids both computational scientists and experimentalists exploring the atomic scale structure of materials.

Research
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Behind the Scenes of ‘Hubble 3D’

Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this documentary film takes viewers through distant galaxies as it tells the story of the repair and upgrade of the Hubble telescope.

Research
Screenshot from the Hunt for the Supertwister Documentary of a tornado visualization closeup of grey clouds and orange, blue, and yellow data points within the funnel

Hunt for the Supertwister

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign collaborated with visualization experts at NCSA in an effort to shed light on how the most violent tornadoes form and to create animations that reveal the inner behavior of tornado producing storms.

In the News
2003 photograph of Craig Steffen standing next to a cluster of Playstation 2 consoles at NCSA

Playing the Supercomputer Game

When Sony later released the Linux Kit for the PS2, interest in the machines spread beyond the gaming community to a seemingly unlikely place: the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Research
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Eli Lilly Develops Asthma Drug

David Herron of Eli Lilly and Company harnessed high-performance computing to aid the fight against asthma from the moment the company joined NCSA’s Industrial Program, now the Private Sector Program, in 1987.

Research
Three images of a 3D volumetric rendering of a mummy, showing different angles of the head and upper body

3D Volumetric Rendering of Mummy

The University of Illinois’ World Heritage Museum received a donated Egyptian mummy in 1989. An interdisciplinary team, including NCSA, then worked to better understand the mummification process and to determine the mummy’s age, sex, medical history, and cause of death.

Honors and Awards
Screenshot of a thunderstorm visualization with blue, grey, and black clouds on a white and grey grid

Thunderstorm Visualization Debuts at SIGGRAPH

The visualizations of thunderstorms that an NCSA team built in 1989 were not only palatable, they were beautiful and hugely informative. The animation of a thunderstorm as it forms debuted at SIGGRAPH, the international visualization conference.

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