The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT)
The LMT is a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts and the Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (INAOE) in Mexico. The telescope is 50m (about 150 feet) in diameter and will be the largest and most sensitive single-aperture telescope operating at wavelengths of 0.85mm to 4mm when scientific operation begins following first light, its premier usage, later this year. Astronomers will use information collected from it to view of regions of space which are obscured by dust, increasing knowledge about star formation and the solar systems these stars could create.
This facility is backed by over 1500 processing cores, 3000 Gigabytes of RAM, a 10 Gigabit per second interconnect rate, and 100 Terabytes of data storage, allowing state-of-the-art numerical techniques to solve otherwise intractable astronomical problems including those with complex geometries, multiple scales, and physical interactions, such as the evolution of galaxies. The facility includes a computational classroom with many high-performance workstations, supporting efforts to integrate computational techniques into all aspects of graduate training.