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Exascale Computing Project Releases Milestone Report

The US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has published a milestone report that summarizes the status of all thirty ECP Application Development (AD) subprojects at the end of fiscal year 2019. “This report contains not only an accurate snapshot of each subproject’s current status but also represents an unprecedentedly broad account of experiences porting large scientific applications to next-generation high-performance computing architectures.”

Video: The Cray Shasta Architecture for the Exascale Era

Steve Scott from HPE gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “With the announcement of multiple exascale systems, we’re now entering the Exascale Era, marked by several important trends. This talk provides an overview of the Cray Shasta system architecture, which was motivated by these trends, and designed for this new heterogeneous, data-driven world.”

Podcast: Delivering Exascale Machine Learning Algorithms at the ExaLearn Project

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, researchers from the ECP describe progress at the ExaLearn project. ExaLearn is focused on ML and related activities to inform the requirements for these pending exascale machines. “ExaLearn’s algorithms and tools will be used by the ECP applications, other ECP co-design centers, and DOE experimental facilities and leadership-class computing facilities.”

MEEP Project to support European technology in Exascale Supercomputers

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) launched the MareNostrum Experimental Exascale Platform (MEEP). The new project will support EuroHPC in its effort to create competitive European technology integrated into future exascale supercomputers. “The ultimate goal is to create an open full-stack (software and hardware) ecosystem that could form the foundation for many other European systems, both in high-performance computing (HPC) and embedded computing, with benefits for numerous stakeholders within academia and industry.”

Podcast: How Community Collaboration Drives Compiler Technology at the LLVM Project

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Hal Finkel of Argonne National Laboratory describes how community collaboration is driving compiler infrastructure at the LLVM project. “LLVM is important to a wide swath of technology professionals. Contributions shaping its development have come from individuals, academia, DOE and other government entities, and industry, including some of the most prominent tech companies in the world, both inside and outside of the traditional high-performance computing space.”

Podcast: Helping Applications Use Future Architectures with First-Rate Discretization Libraries

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Tzanio Kolev from LLNL describes the work at Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations (CEED), one of six co-design centers within the Exascale Computing Project. “Discretization methods divide a large simulation into smaller components in preparation for computer analysis. CEED is ECP’s hub for partial differential equation discretizations on unstructured grids, providing user-friendly software, mathematical expertise, community standards, benchmarks, and miniapps as well as coordination between the applications, hardware vendors, and Software Technology (ST) efforts in ECP.”

Podcast: Slingshotting to Exascale

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Cray Slingshot interconnect that will power all three of the first Exascale supercomputers in the US. “At the heart of this new interconnect is their innovative 64 port switch that provides a maximum of 200 Gb/s per port and can support Cray’s enhanced Ethernet along with standard Ethernet message passing. It also has advanced congestion control and quality of service modes that ensure that each job gets their right amount of bandwidth.”

New Leaders Join Exascale Computing Project

The US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project has announced three leadership staff changes within the Hardware and Integration (HI) group. “Over the past several months, ECP’s HI team has been adapting its organizational structure and key personnel to prepare for the next phase of exascale hardware and software integration.”

AMD to Power 2 Exaflop El Capitan Supercomputer from HPE

Today HPE announced that it will deliver the world’s fastest exascale-class supercomputer for NNSA at a record-breaking speed of 2 exaflops – 10X faster than today’s most powerful supercomputer. ‘El Capitan is expected to be delivered in early 2023 and will be managed and hosted by LLNL for use by the three NNSA national laboratories: LLNL, Sandia, and Los Alamos. The system will enable advanced simulation and modeling to support the U.S. nuclear stockpile and ensure its reliability and security.”

Argonne Publishes AI for Science Report

Argonne National Lab has published a comprehensive AI for Science Report based on a series of Town Hall meetings held in 2019. Hosted by Argonne, Oak Ridge, and Berkeley National Laboratories, the four town hall meetings were attended by more than 1,000 U.S. scientists and engineers. The goal of the town hall series was to examine scientific opportunities in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, and high-performance computing (HPC) in the next decade, and to capture the big ideas, grand challenges, and next steps to realizing these opportunities.