Alexander “Sasha” Tchekhovskoy, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Northwestern University, was granted the highly-competitive 2020 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Award for his research focusing on the binary neutron star merger remnant disk. The award gives him access to 350,000 Summit-node hours to study this query.
Tchekhosvskoy previously won the 2019 INCITE award, which granted him 850,000 Summit-node hours over the course of last year to study how neutron star collisions produce heavy elements like gold and platinum, and how black holes break up red-hot disks of gas feeding them.
Summit, located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is the world’s fastest supercomputer with a peak performance of 200,000 trillion calculations per second, providing unprecedented computing power to enable scientific discoveries previously considered impossible. The INCITE program, a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office for Science, awards computing resources on some of the most advanced supercomputers to projects that are addressing some of the world’s most pressing and significant scientific inquiries. These projects have the potential to fundamentally alter the scientific landscape.
The tremendous award of node-hours on one of the world’s most advanced supercomputers will be extremely beneficial in pushing Tchekhovskoy’s research forward.
Congratulations, Professor Tchekhovskoy!