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Supercomputing Power Could Pave the Way to Energy-Efficient Engines

National Geographic -- Neon lines and dots of aqua, violet, crimson, and pink dissolve into smoky swirls—that's what the burning of fuel looks like when it is simulated on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.

These psychedelic snapshots could pave the way for the development of cars that use 25 percent to 50 percent less fuel than the autos of today. But the problem of improving upon the 150-year-old internal combustion engine is so complex that the scientists who work on it are eager for a major development in the supercomputing world to occur later this year. The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee is set to deploy a massive upgrade to Jaguar, the nation's fastest supercomputer and Number 3 in the world. The new system, called Titan, is expected to work at


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fuel2use
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It is fun to upgrade one.
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How I just dig on super computers and what they can do!

Anyone playing the Yahoo Fantasy Finance? If so, let me know and lets make some money.
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have they tried it on non-reciprocating engines?
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I'm certainly for more efficient engines.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 7:46:56 PM

Supercomputers have been working on this and other problems for years. It is one of the reasons internal combustion engines continue to improve, and why they will continue to do so as these computers become more powerful.
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whatever helps
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Gone are the days of gapping your plugs and timing your points.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 5:56:55 PM

Mark8601: Wow! Could this work on Politicians too? What a thought!

Nah, nothing works on politicians except money. Too much hot air and all that, you know...
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Wow! Could this work on Politicians too? What a thought!
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Yea, and all the US professional politicians could unilaterally decide to roll back all aspects of the government to pre 1850 levels, give back all the money they have stolen and go directly to jail.
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any way to make the current engines more efficient is great!
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Sure....supercomputing has been around for decades, just another false hope dangled in front of us!
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This is great, another kid on the block for alternative fuel savings.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 1:35:07 PM

interesting
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20 petaflops - look it up
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Ok.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:54:48 AM

This is what I love to see, the combination of computing and automotive technologies brought together for improvement
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 10:30:11 AM

OK, let's see if anything comes of this.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 9:53:44 AM

So many more important projects like Fusion that could benefit from computation time using this new supercomputer. Unfortunately, it sounds like the combustion engine will be low on the list.
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SOUNDS GREAT.......
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makes sense
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Wow!
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dumb
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 7:54:58 AM

This could revolutionize our world.
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ok
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every bit helps
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Interesting.
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Good driving skills will improve MPG more effectively!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 7:30:21 AM

Even with a super computer, you can't change the laws of Physics.

However, if you can get more complete combustion, it will make the pollution less.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 7:27:03 AM

Super computing??? With all the computers now in cars it costs a fortune to have any repairs done.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2012 7:07:02 AM

The bad news is "the nation's fastest supercomputer" is "Number 3 in the world."
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