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Exascale Computing Project Software Technology Issues Updated Capability Assessment Report

Jan. 15, 2021 — Tthe latest update (V2.5) of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Software Technology (ST) Capability Assessment Report (CAR) is now available here from the ECP website. It provides an overview and assessment of current ECP ST capabilities and activities, giving stakeholders and the broader high-performance computing (HPC) […]

Update from the Frontier of Exascale Software Development

In advance of the scheduled shipment this year of the U.S.’s first exascale supercomputer, Frontier, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an international team of software developers led by a University of Delaware professor is working on a plasma physics application. An article published yesterday in the university’s UDaily by Tracey Bryant details the work underway […]

‘Let’s Talk Exascale’: How Supercomputing Is Shaking Up Earthquake Science

Supercomputing is bringing seismic change to earthquake science. A field that historically has predicted by looking back now is moving forward with HPC and physics-based models to comprehensively simulate the earthquake process, end to end. In this episode of the “Let’s Talk Exascale” podcast series from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), David McCallen, leader of ECP’s Earthquake Sim (EQSIM) subproject, discusses his team’s work to help improve the design of more quake-resilient buildings and bridges.

SiPearl Joins ETP4HPC to Help Drive Europe’s Sovereignty for HPC

SiPearl, the company designing the high-performance, low-power microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer, is joining ETP4HPC, an association that groups together the leading European players for high performance computing technologies. From technology suppliers to research centres, software companies, service providers or end users, the members of this major think-tank, created in 2012, are driven by […]

CEA Outlines Indigenous Path to European Exascale

CEA, the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission, today presented what it said is a path to European exascale supercomputing utilizing technologies that combine “finer 3D interconnect paths for greater bandwidth between chiplets” within heterogenous nodes made up of generic processors. In an invited paper released at the IDEM 2020 (International Electron Devices Meeting) […]

Building an Exascale-Class Data Center for ORNL’s Incoming Frontier Supercomputer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory issued the following today, an update by staff science writer Coury Turczyn, on progress made in the construction of a data center capable of supporting ORNL’s Frontier exascale system, scheduled for installation next year. When the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new exascale supercomputer, Frontier, completes installation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory […]

‘Let’s Talk Exascale’: Storing and Managing Exa-class Data Volumes

In this new edition of “Let’s Talk Exascale” from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, the ECP’s Scott Gibson talks with Jim Ahrens of Los Alamos National Laboratory about the project’s data and visualization portfolio. As Ahrens said in this interview, “We can compute much faster than we can save and store data these […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Hyperion’s Earl Joseph on the High Cost and High Potential of HPC Taking on ‘National Problems’

Earl Joseph, CEO of HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research, has been working in and scrutinizing HPC for decades, first on the vendor side and later as the leader of an analyst group at International Data Corp. that became Hyperion. Here, Joseph explains the how and why of the Hyperion spin-off as well as the […]

Virtual SC20 Retrospective: Thinkers’ Thoughts on HPC Today and Tomorrow

Check out this assemblages’ reflections on last week’s virtual SC20. Their thoughts range from big-picture insights on how the event reflects the state of HPC to the keynotes, sessions and announcements they think were particularly notable (and worth going back and watching, if you missed them). Among the topics covered: The convergence of the Top500 and Green500 supercomputer lists, the emerging earmarks of machine learning HPC workloads and the validity of supercomputing predictions made at SC in 2006 over against predictions for 2035.

The Top Five Trends Driving the Need for New HPC/AI System Architectures

Earlier this month Ayar Labs hosted a webinar on the topic of “Disaggregated System Architectures for Next Generation HPC and AI Workloads,” discussing the need for new architecture and the approaches that are being taken to bring new levels of power, efficiency, and composability to building the supercomputers, and eventually all computing systems of the future. Here are the top five trends that were discussed during the webinar driving the need for new HPC architectures.