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Cole Kendrick, from Los Alamos High
Los Alamos student Cole Kendrick finishes second in supercomputing challenge


The duo of Eli Echt-Wilson and Albert Zuo from La Cueva High in Albuquerque, proposed a unique model that simulates deciduous tree growth at the level of individual branches and leaves based on underlying biological processes. Their project, called Modeling Tree Growth and Resource Use with Applications won the top award at the 24th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

“The goal of the yearlong event is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model, and solve real-world problems, said David Kratzer of Los Alamos’ High Performance Computer Systems group, and executive director of the Supercomputing Challenge. “Participating students improve their understanding of technology by developing skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications, and teamwork.”

Second place winner and four-time finalist winner, Cole Kendrick of Los Alamos High School developed a computer model to investigate the formation and life cycle of classical novae. His project is called 3D Hydrodynamic Simulation of Classical Nova Explosions.