HPC News Bytes 20231204: The New Yorker on NVIDIA, the Open Benchmark Council, Intel and TSMC, Digital Twins for Hydropower

Here’s a sprint (5:16) through the latest HPC -AI news, including: NVIDIA’s big feature story in The New Yorker, the Open Benchmark Council’s TOP100 lists, Intel and TSMC’s high-end 3 nanometer fab, digital twins for hydropower at ORNL and PNNL.

EQSIM and RAJA: Enabling Exascale Predictions of Earthquake Effects on Critical Infrastructure

Nearly 120 years ago, the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 provided a stark and sobering view of the havoc that can be caused by the sudden and violent movement of Earth’s tectonic plates. According to USGS, the rupture along the San Andreas fault extended 296 miles (447 kilometers) and shook so violently that the […]

New Commodity Supercomputing Clusters Deployed at NNSA Labs Claim TOP500 Spots

Three of the newest National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) commodity computing clusters recently deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) are among the most powerful supercomputing systems in the world, Top500 organizers announced Monday. Funded under the second Commodity Technology Systems contract (CTS-2) by NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, […]

LLNL-led SCREAM Team Clinches Inaugural Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modeling

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)-led effort that performed an unprecedented global climate model simulation on the world’s first exascale supercomputer has won the first-ever Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling, ACM officials announced Thursday. The Simple Cloud Resolving E3SM Atmosphere Model (SCREAM) team, led by LLNL staff scientist Peter Caldwell and […]

Accelerating AI Inference for High-throughput Experiments

An upgrade to the ALCF AI Testbed will help accelerate data-intensive experimental research. The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF) AI Testbed—which aims to help evaluate the usability and performance of machine learning-based high-performance computing (HPC) applications on next-generation accelerators—has been upgraded to include Groq’s inference-driven AI systems, designed to accelerate the time-to-solution for complex science problems. […]

Building a Diverse HPC Workforce at the ALCF

The ALCF is engaged in several activities and initiatives that aim to increase diversity in HPC and the computing sciences. Supercomputing centers have long been recognized for driving innovation and progress in scientific fields, but they are also known for similar achievements in the field of high-performance computing (HPC) itself. It is the workforce of […]

Data Days Brings Department of Energy Labs Together for Discussions on Data Management and More

Data researchers, developers, data managers and program managers from the Department of Energy national laboratories visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Oct. 24-26 to discuss the latest in data management, sharing and accessibility at the 2023 DOE Data Days (D3) workshop. The three-day event, sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear […]

U.S. Department of Energy’s ALCC Program Seeks Proposals for 2024

Pre-proposals due November 13, 2023 The ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) is an allocation program for projects of interest to the Department of Energy (DOE), with an emphasis on high-risk, high-payoff scientific campaigns enabled via high-performance computing (HPC) in areas directly related to the DOE mission, that respond to national emergencies, or that broaden the […]

Summer Interns Gain Hands-On Experience with Argonne Supercomputers

This summer, the ALCF hosted over 40 college students to work on real-world computing projects in areas ranging from scientific visualization to materials science to digital twins. Every summer, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, hosts a new group […]

ALCF Team Wins First Place and Best Workflow at 2023 IEEE SciVis Contest

The team’s VisAnywhere application enables researchers to interact with brain plasticity visualizations across multiple display platforms.  Researchers from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), the University of St. Thomas, and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) won first place and “best workflow” at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) 2023 SciVis Contest for their […]