Boffins at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), collaborating with staff at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), have created an application which will allow them to run a supercomputer from their smart phones.
The team managed to use their Android smartphones to carry out a series of expensive high-fidelity simulations on the Ranger supercomputer. It appears they used the phones like a dumb but mobile terminal.
The supercomputer was told to generate a small “reduced model” which was transferred to a Google Android smart phone.
The boffins were able to solve problems on the phone and visualise the results instantly.
David Knezevic, a post-doctoral associate in mechanical engineering at MIT said that once you’ve created a reduced model, you can do all the computations on a phone.
At the centre of the idea is a reduction algorithm which simplifies the complexities of large-scale physical simulations. Knezevic’s system tells a user the range of possible solutions, and provide a metric of whether an answer is accurate or not. The error bounds are based on mathematical theory developed at MIT over a number of years.