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Podcast: ECP Team Achieves Huge Performance Gain on Materials Simulation Code

The Exascale Atomistics for Accuracy, Length, and Time (EXAALT) project within the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has made a big step forward by delivering a five-fold performance advance in addressing its fusion energy materials simulations challenge problem. “Summit is at roughly 200 petaflops, so by the time we go to the exascale, we should have another factor of five. That starts to be a transformative kind of change in our ability to do the science on these machines.”

Supercomputing and the Scientist: How HPC and Analytics are transforming experimental science

In this video from DataTech19, Debbie Bard from NERSC presents: Supercomputing and the scientist: How HPC and large-scale data analytics are transforming experimental science. “Debbie Bard leads the Data Science Engagement Group NERSC. NERSC is the mission supercomputing center for the USA Department of Energy, and supports over 7000 scientists and 700 projects with supercomputing needs.”

Video: Managing HPC Software Complexity with Spack

Greg Becker from LLNL gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “Spack is an open-source package manager for HPC. This presentation will give an overview of Spack, including recent developments and a number of items on the near-term roadmap. We will focus on Spack features relevant to the MVAPICH community; these include Spack’s virtual package abstraction, which is used for API-compatible libraries including MPI implementations, package level compiler wrappers, and packages which modify other package’s build environments.”

Dr. Steven Squyres from Cornell to Keynote SC19

Dr. Steven Squyres from Cornell University will keynote the SC19 conference in Denver. His talk will be entitled “Exploring the Solar System with the Power of Technology.” Steve Squyres’ research focuses on the robotic exploration of planetary surfaces, the history of water on Mars, geophysics and tectonics of icy satellites, tectonics of Venus, planetary gamma-ray and x-ray spectroscopy.

Interview: Knowledgebase is power for nuclear reactor developers

AI technologies are being used to help develop Next-gen nuclear energy systems that could help reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. In this special guest feature, Dawn Levy and Weiju Ren from ORNL explore the challenges and opportunities in sharing nuclear materials knowledge internationally. “A knowledgebase is more than a database. Data are just symbols representing observations or the products of observations. Knowledge is not only data, but also people’s understanding of the data.”

Federal Agencies Tap New Data Streaming Solution from PSSC Labs

Federal agencies are leveraging the new CyberRax Data Flow Pipeline from PSSC Labs to achieve their goals. Certified compatible with Cloudera Dataflow (and Apache NiFi), CyberRax DataFlow Pipeline provides high-speed data ingestion, edge data collection, and IoT scale streaming data processing…in real time. “The U.S. Air Force recently deployed several CyerRax Data Flow Pipelines for both their NIPR and SIPR networks.”

QC Ware and SLAC to develop Chemistry Applications for Quantum Computing

Today quantum startup QC Ware announced that the company been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant to use quantum computing to better understand complex material and chemical systems. Collaborating with SLAC, QC Ware will apply its expertise to develop hybrid classical-quantum algorithms. These algorithms will run on quantum computers and could dramatically improve the accuracy of photochemical simulations used to design new chemicals and materials.

Podcast: Cray Pulls an Exascale Hat Trick

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC looks at Cray’s series of big wins for DOE Exascale systems. “Guess who’s having a great year? Think Aurora, Frontier, and El Capitan. Cray has put some nice numbers on the accounts receivable ledger, and these are not ordinary numbers. The Exascale era is being defined substantially by the DOE Coral program and the commercial markets are watching as their computing needs start looking like those of the national labs.”

IBM’s HPC Dreams are Tattered

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX.net writes that IBM ambitions in the HPC market have fallen short. “Without more commitment and support, IBM’s POWER processor runs the risk of becoming this generations version of the DEC Alpha CPU. It was a fantastic processor and ran rings around competitors, but ultimately failed because of a lack of marketing and operating environment support from DEC.”

Video: Three Perspectives on Message Passing

Robert Harrison from Brookhaven gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “MADNESS, TESSE/EPEXA, and MolSSI are three quite different large and long-lived projects that provide different perspectives and driving needs for the future of message passing. All three of these projects employ MPI and have a vested interest in computation at all scales, spanning the classroom to future exascale systems.”