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Argonne to Host ‘Future of Computing’ May 18

May 16, 2022 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will host a panel to discuss new paradigms in computing Wednesday, May 18, 10-11:30 a.m. Central Time. Argonne said the event is expected to draw approximately 500 scientists, researchers, engineers and industry professionals. Panelists will discuss new forms of computing for solving pressing […]

Argonne, University Researchers Team to Make Data FAIR for AI

In a new study, researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California San Diego, University of Minnesota, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have laid out new practices to guide the curation of high energy physics datasets that makes them more FAIR — more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Data is the lifeblood […]

Argonne Selects Altair Workload Manager for Polaris, Aurora

Simulation software company Altair has announced that Argonne National Laboratory will utilize Altair PBS Professional workload manager across the organization’s HPC systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF)  – including the Polaris and Aurora supercomputers – to accelerate research in science and engineering. PBS Professional – which replaces the ALCF’s in-house Cobalt workload manager […]

Argonne Picks AMD EPYC CPUs for Polaris

Santa Clara — Aug. 30, 2021 — AMD today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has chosen AMD EPYC processors to power the Polaris supercomputer (see earlier coverage), which will prepare researchers for the forthcoming exascale HPC system at Argonne called Aurora. Polaris will use 2nd Gen EPYC processors and then upgrade to 3rd Gen […]

NVIDIA and HPE to Deliver 2,240-GPU Polaris Supercomputer for Argonne

NVIDIA and Argonne National Laboratory this morning announced Polaris, a GPU-based supercomputer, with 2,2240 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs delivering 1.4 exaflops of theoretical AI performance and about 44 petaflops of peak double-precision performance, up to 4X faster performance than Argonne’s current supercomputers. Argonne is calling the new system, called “Polaris,” a “testbed” supercomputer to […]

Porting a Particle-in-Cell Code to Exascale Architectures

By Nils Heinonen on behalf of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility As part of a series aimed at sharing best practices in preparing applications for Aurora, we highlight researchers’ efforts to optimize codes to run efficiently on graphics processing units. Take advantage of upgrades being made to high-level, non-machine-specific libraries and programming models Developed in […]

Reading the Intel Tea Leaves: Pat Gelsinger’s HPC Paradox

As he takes charge of Intel, CEO Pat Gelsinger faces a paradox: his new company is both troubled and a revenue geyser; if Intel is to continue its historical growth rates, he’ll need the skills of a corporate turnaround artist. These contradictions surely apply to Intel’s position in HPC/AI/data center server processors, where the company […]

Argonne’s Rick Stevens named ACM Fellow

Rick Stevens has been named a Fellow of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM). Stevens is associate laboratory director of the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences directorate at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and a professor of computer science at the University of Chicago. Stevens was honored “for outstanding contributions in […]

Quantum: UChicago Researchers Show Qubits Retaining Information for Hours or Longer — ‘An Eternity’

Touting major potential implications for quantum computing, researchers at the University of Chicago have released a study in which they demonstrated control of “quantum memories of silicon carbide,” the ability to control individual quantum bits — qubits — that retain information for hours or possibly days, instead of fractions of a second. In a paper […]

Veteran Argonne System Helps Find Method to Convert CO2 into Ethanol

By supercomputing standards, Argonne National Lab’s Bebop (stood up in 2017, 1.75 teraflops, bumped off the Top500 list after the June 2019 ranking) seems something of a second-tier player. But veteran, formerly non-Top500 systems like Bebop can still take a star turn, as shown by the results of a research team from Northern Illinois University […]