NCSA Announces Initial Apps Running at Petascale

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The Blue Waters supercomputer was originally billed as a “sustained petaflops supercomputer” and this week NCSA announced four application codes that are already running at Petascale.

Four large-scale science applications (VPIC, PPM, QMCPACK and SPECFEM3DGLOBE) have sustained performance of 1 petaflop or more on the Blue Waters supercomputer, and the Weather Research & Forecasting (WRF) run on Blue Waters is the largest WRF simulation ever documented. These applications are part of the NCSA Blue Waters Sustained Petascale Performance (SPP) suite and represent valid scientific workloads.

NCSA raised quite a stir recently when they decided not to run LINPACK for the TOP500 list and I think this focus on real science codes shows their continuing resolve. Read the Full Story.