August 28, 2014

Supercomputing Hummingbirds and How they Hover

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"For a hummingbird with only a 10 centimeter wingspan, the unsteady aerodynamics is complex enough to require millions of mesh points to resolve the many, many small vortices stirred up by the wings — the bird essentially is flying in an 'ocean of vortices.' Therefore, efficient algorithms and high-performance computing are necessary for this work."

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