Cosmos Code Helps Probe Space Oddities
Summary: Black holes make for a great space mystery. They're so massive that nothing, not even light, can escape a black hole once it gets close enough. A great mystery for scientists is the evidence of powerful jets of electrons and protons that shoot out of the top and bottom of some black holes. Yet no one knows how these jets form. Computer code called Cosmos now fuels supercomputer simulations of black hole jets and is starting to reveal the mysteries of black holes and other space oddities. Cosmos code developer Chris Fragile joins host Jorge Salazar on the TACC podcast. Fragile is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the College of Charleston. Also featured on the podcast is Damon McDougall, a Research Associate in the HPC Applications at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, also appointed jointly at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences of the University of Texas at Austin. McDougall spoke more about XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Services.