In this special episode of the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Exascale Computing Project (ECP), the members of the ECP leadership team cover the state of the project. On the podcast, host Mike Bernhardt (ECP communications lead) is joined by leaders from within the Application Development, Software Technology, and Hardware and Integration — as well as ECP Director Doug Kothe and ECP Deputy Director Lori Diachin. Scott Gibson (ECP podcast producer) starts things out with a brief overview of the project.
Gibson: If you have just started following the US Exascale Computing Project—we refer to it as ECP—ECP is a seven-year project developed to deliver on some key mission objectives, some that we will discuss in this program. Most notably, a portfolio of twenty-four specific, targeted applications, along with seventy software products being prepared for exascale as part of the nation’s first exascale software stack. ECP is integrating those elements with specific hardware technologies for exascale system instantiations. The integration is being done in very close collaboration with DOE’s high-performance computing facilities that will house the country’s forthcoming exascale platforms. That’s what’s unique about these projects.
In summary, the mission outcome of the ECP is the accelerated delivery of a capable and sustainable exascale computing ecosystem. This ecosystem is necessary to enable breakthrough solutions to the nation’s most critical challenges in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.
Bernhardt: More information on the Exascale Computing Project can be found online at exascaleproject.org. So, with that very brief project introduction, let’s move on to our first two guests. Doug Kothe from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the project director, and Lori Diachin from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the project’s deputy director.