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The Research

An introduction to some of the research which is conducted on DCSC installations at DCSC's regional operating centres

DCSC infrastructure supports a vast variety of research areas and projects related to international scientific grand challenge endeavours. Below is presented a selection of utilisations of the DCSC infrastructure, aiming to show examples of what kind of scientific developments scientific computing can lead to.

Supercomputers combat human diseases


Danish researchers have used supercomputers to create an extensive map of protein complexes involved in diseases such as breast cancer, sclerosis and Alzheimers. These results aim to ease the discovery of proteins causing disease, and hence improve treatment.

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Supercomputers aid the understanding of global climate change

Global Climate or Earth System Models help us understand global climate change by simulating the behaviour of the atmosphere, oceans including sea ice, upper soil layers and the interactions between them.


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Grid boosts efforts to fight malaria - Global computing muscle helps search for drugs


Scientists working to find effective drugs to combat malaria have enlisted the computing muscle of a high performance computing grid spanning 28 countries. The international Wisdom project - which ran from 1 October 2006 to 31 January 2007, and stands for "Worldwide in silico docking on malaria".

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Supercomputers help discover new materials for clean energy production

Today most materials are developed using trial and error experimentation. This is tedious and costly. It has long been the dream to be able to develop models of materials properties, which are good enough to en-able computer aided design of materials, atom-by-atom, before trying them out in the laboratory. Access to vast computer power is now making it possible to take on this enormous scientific challenge.


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Supercomputers help predict trade and the behaviour of financial markets


Financial data bases are, minute-by-minute, being fed with enormous streams of data on prices and volumes of traded assets worldwide, over time giving giant amounts of data accessible for data analysis. In marketing, a rapidly developing research area focuses on patterns of trade by individuals.

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Supercomputers help understand and predict earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes, as well as find oil deposits

In two relatively independent topics of seismology, Danish scientists plan to use scientific computing and namely very large geology data-bases, in braking new scientific ground, within natural disaster predic-tion and oil exploration.


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A Nordic GRID of supercomputers participates in the quest to understand the origin the universe


In late 2008 beams of protons will collide 40 million times a second in-side the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. From this, the largest scientific instrument ever built, data will begin flowing into a GRID of international supercomputer centres. It has been designed by scientists in their quest to discover the detailed structure of the elementary particles and the fundamental interactions acting between them.

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A Sustainable European Grid Infrastructure - The Rationale

Attention is drawn to the many international cooperation initiatives within Scientific Computing and its Gridification. See the 3 minute demonstration video from the European Grid Initiative: "A Sustainable European Grid Infrastructure - the rationale".


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