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(A visualization by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility utilizing real patient MRI data displays blood flow of a brain aneurysm.)

Joseph Insley, principal software development specialist at Argonne National Laboratory, gave a presentation about how the lab is using its supercomputer Mira to create visualizations that crunch data at a galactic size and monstrous computation speeds.

Insley works with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), which allows outside groups to apply for time to use the facilities. (It’s really competitive! 

The ALCF uses Mira, said to be the 4th fastest computer in the world, an IBM Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer operating with 768 terabytes of memory 10 petaFLOPS. Insley said this means  it can handle 10 quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

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