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ALCC Challenge Awards 1.7 Billion Core Hours to Science Projects


The U.S. Department of Energy’s ALCC challenge has awarded 24 projects a total of 1.7 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

HPC People on the Move: June Edition

Dr. Stephen Wheat

Dr. Lewey Anton reports on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. The spotlight is on HP this week, as Dr. Stephen Wheat has joined the company in Houston.

Sandia’s Mark Taylor Receives DOE Secretary’s Honor Award

Mark Taylor, Sandia

Today Sandia National Laboratories announced that researcher Mark Taylor has received the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2014 Secretary’s Honor Award — the department’s highest non-monetary employee recognition — for his work as chief computational scientist for DOE’s Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) executive council team.

Intel to Deliver Nation’s Most Powerful Supercomputer at Argonne

Congressman Dan Lipinski

Today Intel announced that the company will deliver two next-generation supercomputers to Argonne National Laboratory. “The contract is part of the DOE’s multimillion dollar initiative to build state-of-the-art supercomputers at Argonne, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories that will be five to seven times more powerful than today’s top supercomputers.”

Supercomputing Global Ocean Temperatures with ACME


Over at Live Science, Shannon Hall writes that new global map of the world’s oceans is so visually stunning that it could be mistaken for art. Computed on LANL supercomputers, the simulation is a component of the DOE’s Accelerated Climate Model for Energy (ACME), which is expected to be the most complete climate and Earth system model once it is finished.

House Hearing: Supercomputing and American Technology Leadership

David Turek, VP, Technical Computing, IBM

“Today, we will hear from a distinguished panel of witnesses about the importance of high performance computing to American technological competitiveness, specifically focusing on the Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program, also known as the “ASCR” program within the Office of Science.”

Funding the March Towards Exascale

Robert Roe

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that recent DOE funding for high end supercomputing bodes well for the continuing march to Exascale levels of computation.

Video: Bill Harrod Accepts HPC Vanguard Award at SC14


In this video, Bill Harrod from the Department of Energy accepts the HPC Vanguard Award from Rich Brueckner and Thomas Sterling at SC14. “Launched by The Exascale Report in 2013, the HPC Vanguard Award recognizes critical leaders in the HPC community’s strategic push to achieve exascale levels of supercomputing performance.”

Radio Free HPC Takes a Hard Look at the Two 2017 Coral Supercomputers


In this video, the Radio Free HPC team meets at SC14 in New Orleans to discuss the recent news that Nvidia & IBM will build two Coral 150+ Petaflop Supercomputers in 2017 for Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The two machines will feature IBM POWER9 processors coupled with Nvidia’s future Volta GPU technology. NVLink will be a critical piece of the architecture as well, along with a system interconnect powered by Mellanox.

This Week in HPC: Cray Creates GPU Heavy Server Node and New Exascale Recommendations for the DOE

this week in hpc

In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss the new Cray CS-Storm supercomputer based on Nvidia GPUs. After that, the discussion turns to exascale investment recommendations coming out of a new report from a Department of Energy Task Force.