Argonne Deploys Polaris Supercomputer for Science in Advance of Aurora

August 9, 2022

Argonne National Laboratory has made its newest supercomputer, Polaris, available for scientific research. The system, which ranked 14th on the most recent Top500 list, is serving as a testbed for the exascale Aurora system slated for delivery in the coming months. The HPE-built Polaris system (pictured in the header) consists of 560 nodes... Read more…

Argonne Simulations Target Supersonic Turbulence

August 3, 2022

When an aircraft goes supersonic, the boundary layer of the “separation bubble” along the aircraft’s surface can be disrupted by the impact of the resulting sonic boom — and if that happens, there are significant performance losses. At Argonne National Laboratory, researchers are using supercomputing to study this shock/boundary-layer... Read more…

US Pursues Next-gen Exascale Systems with 5-10x the Performance of Frontier

June 28, 2022

With the Linpack exaflops milestone achieved by the Frontier supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the United States is turning its attention to the next crop of exascale machines, some 5-10x more performant than Frontier. At least one such system is being planned for the 2025-2030 timeline, and the DOE is soliciting input from the vendor community... Read more…

Exascale Watch: Aurora Installation Underway, Now Open for Reservations

May 10, 2022

Installation has begun on the Aurora supercomputer, Rick Stevens (associate director of Argonne National Laboratory) revealed today during the Intel Vision event keynote taking place in Dallas, Texas, and online. Joining Intel exec Raja Koduri on stage, Stevens confirmed that the Aurora build is underway – a major development for a system that is projected to deliver more... Read more…

Argonne Talks AI Accelerators for Covid Research

April 28, 2022

As the pandemic swept across the world, virtually every research supercomputer lit up to support Covid-19 investigations. But even as the world transformed, the Read more…

Supercomputing, Paper Cutting Underpin Stretchable Electronics Research

April 11, 2022

Some wearable electronics—like sensors sewn into fabrics, or applicable “skins”—rely on the development of new, durable, stretchable electronic material Read more…

Argonne Supercomputer Powers Air Travel Covid-19 Research

March 9, 2022

The world is (once again) returning to some semblance of pre-pandemic life as the omicron variant wanes. Many are now wondering about the risk calculus for popu Read more…

On the Eve of Exascale, Argonne Lab Turns to Altair PBS Pro After 20+Years of Rolling Their Own Workload Manager

November 10, 2021

It was with a hint of nostalgia that Argonne Lab’s Bill Allcock described the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF) decision to switch to a commercially-supported workload management suite after 20+ years spent developing and using ALCF’s custom workload manager, Cobalt. Argonne National Laboratory announced today that it is deploying Altair PBS Professional across the organization’s HPC systems and clusters. “From the inception of ALCF, we wrote our own scheduler called Cobalt... Read more…

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