This model showing airflow through downtown Oklahoma City was created by Inanc Senocak, an assistant professor in the department of mechanical and biomedical engineering/COEN, and colleagues at Boise State University through the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). The team's work focuses on the ability to identify and project the extent of contaminant dispersion in urban environments. This is crucial to homeland security efforts. Equally important, a fundamental understanding of the physics of turbulent flow in urban environments could lead to improved parameterizations of urban areas in weather forecasting models and a better understanding of our urban footprint on the climate. The research uses TeraGrid resources at NCSA, which are funded by the National Science Foundation.
To learn more about this research, see the story "Urban Flow Simulations on GPU Clusters," in the spring 2010 issue of NCSA's Access magazine.
(Date of Image: 2010)
Credit: Dr. Inanc Senocak, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Boise State University