Argonne Paves the Way for Future Systems

Jan 14, 2016 |

Last April, the third and final piece of the CORAL acquisition program clicked into place when the U.S. Department of Energy signed a $200 million supercomputing contract with Intel to supply Argonne National Laboratory with two next-generation Cray supercomputers: an 8.5-petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing (KNL) and a much larger 180-petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer. The staff Read more…

ALCF’s Paul Messina on the Code Optimization Path to Exascale

Sep 14, 2015 |

To borrow a phrase from paleontology, the HPC community has historically evolved in punctuated equilibrium. In the 1970s we transitioned from serial to vector architectures. In the 1980s parallel architectures blossomed, and in the 1990s MIMD systems became the norm for most supercomputer architectures. From the 1990s until today we have been in a period Read more…

ALCF Summer Program Offers Unique Experience

Sep 3, 2015 |

Comprising one half of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Leadership Computing Facility, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) operates a supercomputer 10 to 100 times more powerful than the typical research computing system and puts it to work solving the world’s largest and most complex problems. But ALCF is also an institution of learning that has Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part III: Argonne Ramps Up Early Science Program

Apr 20, 2015 |

In our third and final video from the HPC User Forum panel (The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems), Tim Williams dives into the Early Science Program (ESP) being ramped up at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Williams, the ESP manager, noted the current Read more…

Application Readiness at the DOE, Part II: NERSC Preps for Cori

Apr 17, 2015 |

In our second video feature from the HPC User Forum panel, “The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems,” we learn more about the goals and challenges associated with getting science applications ready for the coming crop of Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers, which in addition to being five-to-seven times faster than Read more…

Mira Supercomputer Propels High-Intensity Beam Science

Mar 6, 2015 |

As CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) prepares to restart this March, a team of Fermilab physicists are using powerful Department of Energy supercomputing resources to reduce the risks and costs associated with producing these high intensity particle beams. Led by Fermilab physicist James Amundson, the team is working with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) Read more…

Utah University Turns to HPC for Safer Explosives Transport

Jan 8, 2015 |

In 2005, a semi-truck caught the nation’s attention when it crashed and caught fire, igniting 35,000 pounds of explosives it was carrying through Utah’s Spanish Fork Canyon. Thanks to a brief delay between the truck’s crash and the subsequent explosion, there were no fatalities. But, as evidenced by a number of injuries and a 30-by-70-foot Read more…

ALCF Optimizes I/O with Innovative ‘Cache’

Aug 19, 2014 |

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility, is on-track to hosting the fastest GPFS file system in the world. The innovative storage upgrade project is mainly concerned with reducing the amount of time users have to spend managing the massive amounts of data generated by the organization’s supercomputers. Ask Read more…

Researchers Implement HPC-First Cloud Approach

Jan 29, 2014 |

Researchers at North Carolina State University working in partnership with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) have successfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept for a novel high-performance cloud computing platform by merging a cloud computing environment with a supercomputer. Project leads Patrick Dreher and Mladen Vouk discuss the evolution of the project on the ALCF website. Cloud computing Read more…

Learning from Clouds Past: A Look Back at Magellan

Feb 1, 2012 |

Despite high-hopes, community support, and a lot of good science, the Magellan cloud computing project has ended after a two-year run. Like the famous explorer, the current-day Magellan also navigated uncharted waters and documented the journey for the benefit of future generations. The results of the two-year study are now available in the form of an extensive 169-page report.