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Published September 2016 | Submitted
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Massive Computation for Understanding Core-Collapse Supernova Explosions


How do massive stars explode? Progress toward the answer is driven by increases in compute power. Petascale supercomputers are enabling detailed 3D simulations of core-collapse supernovae that are elucidating the role of fluid instabilities, turbulence, and magnetic field amplification in supernova engines.

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© 2016 IEEE. Copublished by the IEEE CS and the AIP. I acknowledge helpful conversations with and help from Adam Burrows, Sean Couch, Steve Drasco, Roland Haas, Kenta Kiuchi, Philipp Mösta, David Radice, Luke Roberts, Erik Schnetter, Ed Seidel, and Masaru Shibata. I thank the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics at Kyoto University for hospitality while writing this article. This work is supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) under award numbers CAREER PHY-1151197 and TCAN AST-1333520, and by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation. Computations were performed on NSF XSEDE under allocation TGPHY100033 and on NSF/NCSA Blue Waters under NSF PRAC award number ACI-1440083. Movies of simulation results can be found on www.youtube.com/SXSCollaboration.

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