Hyperion Research Announces Special June HPC User Forum: Exascale at Oak Ridge

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ST. PAUL, Minn., May 5, 2022 — HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research today announced a special HPC User Forum to be held June 21-22, 2022 hosted onsite by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

According to Hyperion Research CEO Earl Joseph, “The special June 2022 HPC User Forum will give attendees an inside look at the state of exascale computing—where we are, how we got here, and what does it really take to bring exascale to life. And on a global scale, how will exascale computing be used to the benefit of nations and advanced computing around the world.”

In accordance with ORNL’s visitor guidelines, attendees at the June special event will be required to apply for ORNL registration following completion of the HPC User Forum registration. Anyone wishing to attend the event should register at: https://attendesource.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x86679b5df

The meeting will focus on the massive and complex ecosystem necessary to ensure the first exascale systems are ready to address science and engineering from day one. The general topics will include:

  • What it takes to stand up an exascale system and make it productive from day one
  • Updates from the leadership computing facilities and various end-user sites
  • How exascale and leadership-class systems can be used to support industry
  • Post-exascale directions
  • Quantum computing updates

The most recent agenda can be found here: https://www.hpcuserforum.com/

“HPC is essential for advancing scientific research, industrial competitiveness, as well as national and economic security,” said Joseph. “For decades, the U.S. and many other countries have benefited from sustained, strategic investments from national governments to drive research and development of new computer systems, architectures, and underlying technologies. This multi-decade, successful collaboration between governments and industry is a cornerstone of the HPC User Forum mission.”

Since the beginning of the supercomputer era in the 1960s, the DOE has assumed a national (and global) leadership role in the development and advancement of this critical technology. Through pioneering programs and projects such as ASCI/ASCR/ASC, INCITE AND ECP*, DOE has had primary responsibility for partnering with private-sector vendors to develop successive generations of leadership-class supercomputers and has made these resources available for breakthrough research across a broad spectrum of domains. This research has contributed substantially toward maintaining America’s scientific, industrial and economic competitiveness and has helped to bring about practical advances in weather forecasting, automotive safety and fuel-efficiency, energy exploration, pharmaceutical discovery and many other areas.

Today, the nation’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers are located at DOE national laboratories, and the era of exascale computing is just around the corner. The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at ORNL is the home of Frontier, the newly installed 2 EF HPE Cray EX system that will be officially designated as the nation’s first exascale computer later this year. This is an opportune time to bring more visibility to the DOE national laboratory computing infrastructure and its continued impact on the advancement of HPC.

The HPC User Forum is directed by a volunteer Steering Committee of leading users from government, industry, and academia and is operated and managed by Hyperion Research for the benefit of the global HPC community.

The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 as a forum to enable fact-driven discussions of the health of the global HPC community while addressing issues of common concern to users. The HPC User Forum in internationally recognized for its diverse user participation and facilitation of invaluable networking among users, vendors, government agencies and private industry. Each year, two full-membership meetings are held in the United States and two in international locations.

Additional future events include:

  • An in-person event to be held in Tucson, Arizona (September 6-8, 2022)
  • In-person in Paris, France (October 3-4)
  • In-person at HLRS, Stuttgart, Germany (October 5-6)