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WVU Uses Supercomputer for Solar Power Research

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Titan is the world's fastest supercomputer and is capable of more than 20,000 trillion calculations per second.

Titan is being used at West Virginia University to help design new materials that are key in developing solar power.

James Lewis, an associate professor of physics at WVU, said it is hands on learning for him and his students.

"They get to get on the computer, they get to access Titan," Lewis said. "Not just PHD researchers but undergraduate students and graduate students are accessing the machine. Getting on there, designing new materials and maybe they'll discover something and can say 'wow I discovered something new that can be useful'."

Titan is funded primarily by the Department of Energy and is the worlds most powerful computer.

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