@HPCpodcast: Aurora, the TOP500, a National Research Infrastructure and Other HPC Thoughts from Argonne’s Rick Stevens and Mike Papka

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As SC23 approaches, we were fortunate to catch up with Rick Stevens and Mike Papka of Argonne National Laboratory for a wide ranging discussion of all things supercomputing-related.

Along with an update on the exascale-class Aurora system and the TOP500 list to be announced during SC23, we also discuss the challenges of building a national exascale capability, developing teams and bench strength for computer science and scientific computing, the risks and opportunities of AI for science (including the “emergent” factor in which large language models show the amazing ability to reason about novel problems without direct training), the Department of Energy’s Integrated Research Infrastructure vision and what’s next for the exascale initiative.

We encourage you also to  listen to episodes 15 and 16  of this podcast in which we discuss AI for science with Stevens.

Rick Stevens is Argonne’s Associate Laboratory Director for the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) Directorate and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow. He is also a professor of computer science at the University of Chicago. He was previously leader of Exascale Computing Initiative at Argonne.

Mike Papka is a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he also is deputy associate laboratory director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) and division director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).

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