Computer simulations can now run more efficiently on multicore chips
Professor John Williams, CEE postdoc David Holmes, and Peter Tilke, a visiting scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, have developed software that exploits the idiosyncrasies of multicore chips to improve performance. In experiments involving chips with 24 separate cores — or processors — simulations of fluid flows were at least 50 percent more efficient with the new software than they were with conventional software. And that figure should only increase with the number of cores. Read the news story.