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Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”

Exascale Computing for Long Term Design of Urban Systems

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Charlie Catlett from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago describes how extreme scale HPC will be required to better build Smart Cities. “Urbanization is a bigger set of challenges in the developing world than in the developed world, but it’s still a challenge for us in US and European cities and Japan.”

Agenda Posted for Mass Storage Conference in Santa Clara

The 34th International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technologies (MSST 2018) has posted their Speaker Agenda. The event takes place May 14-16 in Santa Clara, California. “Join the discussion on webscale IT, and the demand on storage systems from IoT, healthcare, scientific research, and the continuing stream of smart applications (apps) for mobile devices.”

Video: DOE Issues RFP for Exascale Supercomputers

Today Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced the DOE has issued a Request for Proposal for 2-3 Exascale machines. “Called CORAL-2, this RFP is for up to $1.8 billion and is completely separate from the $320 million allocated for the Exascale Computing Project in the FY 2018 budget. Those funds are mostly focused at application development and software technology for an exascale software stack.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Software Ecosystem for High-Performance Numerical Libraries

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Lois Curfman McInnes from Argonne National Laboratory describes the Extreme-scale Scientific Software Development Kit (xSDK) for ECP, which is working toward a software ecosystem for high-performance numerical libraries. “The project is motivated by the need for next-generation science applications to use and build on diverse software capabilities that are developed by different groups.”

Argonne Helps to Develop all-new Lithium-air Batteries

Scientists at Argonne are helping to develop better batteries for our electronic devices. The goal is to develop beyond-lithium-ion batteries that are even more powerful, cheaper, safer and longer lived. “The energy storage capacity was about three times that of a lithium-ion battery, and five times should be easily possible with continued research. This first demonstration of a true lithium-air battery is an important step toward what we call beyond-lithium-ion batteries.”

Addressing Fault Tolerance and Data Compression at Exascale

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Franck Cappello from Argonne National Laboratory describes the VeloC project. “The VeloC project endeavors to provide ECP applications an optimal fault-tolerance environment, while the aim of the EZ project is to provide data reduction. Interviewee: Franck Cappello, Argonne National Laboratory.”

Engineering a Better Portal for Scientific Discovery

Engineers from ESnet and the Globus team have designed a new approach that makes data sharing faster, more reliable, and more secure. As described in a new report, the “Science DMZ” provides a new architecture to meet increasing demands for accessing shared data.

The U.S. D.O.E. Exascale Computing Project – Goals and Challenges

Paul Messina from Argonne gave this Invited Talk at SC17. “Balancing evolution with innovation is challenging, especially since the ecosystem must be ready to support critical mission needs of DOE, other Federal agencies, and industry, when the first DOE exascale systems are delivered in 2021. The software ecosystem needs to evolve both to support new functionality demanded by applications and to use new hardware features efficiently. We are utilizing a co-design approach that uses over two dozen applications to guide the development of supporting software and R&D on hardware technologies as well as feedback from the latter to influence application development.

Speeding Data Transfer with ESnet’s Petascale DTN Project

Researchers at the DOE are looking to dramatically increase their data transfer capabilities with the Petascale DTN project. “The collaboration, named the Petascale DTN project, also includes the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, a leading center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Together, the collaboration aims to achieve regular disk-to-disk, end-to-end transfer rates of one petabyte per week between major facilities, which translates to achievable throughput rates of about 15 Gbps on real world science data sets.”