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Earth-modeling System steps up to Exascale

“Unveiled today by the DOE, E3SM is a state-of-the-science modeling project that uses the world’s fastest computers to more accurately understand how Earth’s climate work and can evolve into the future. The goal: to support DOE’s mission to plan for robust, efficient, and cost-effective energy infrastructures now, and into the distant future.”

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.”

DOE INCITE Program Seeks Advanced Computational Research Proposals for 2019

The DOE Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is now seeking proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. “From April 16 to June 22, 2018, INCITE’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to pursue transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). The ALCF and OLCF are DOE Office of Science User Facilities. Open to researchers from academia, industry and government agencies, the INCITE program will award 50 percent of the allocable time on DOE’s leadership-class supercomputers: the ALCF’s Mira and Theta systems and the OLCF’s Summit and Titan systems.”

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.”

Jon Bashor Retires After 27 Years of Service to National Labs

LBNL Communications Manager Jon Bashor has announced his retirement after 27 years with the national lab system. “As communications manager, Jon has been key to the visibility of Berkeley Lab’s computing program, both through written articles and other material produced by Jon and his team and his community leadership—including several years of organizing the DOE booth at SC, the annual supercomputing conference,” said Associate Lab Director Kathy Yelick.

Overcoming Roadblocks in Computational Networks

Mariam Kiran is using an early-career research award from DOE’s Office of Science to develop methods combining machine-learning algorithms with parallel computing to optimize such networks. “This type of science and the problems it can address can make a real impact, Kiran says. “That’s what excites me about research – that we can improve or provide solutions to real-world problems.”

Behind the Scenes – HPC at Sandia

In this video, Sandia engineers provide a behind-the-scenes look at the lab’s efforts centered around High Performance Computing. “The Sandia team supports researchers who solve critical national and global problems – a challenging job with high impact results.Our unique mission responsibilities in the nuclear weapons program create a foundation from which we leverage capabilities, enabling us to solve complex national security problems.”

Mid-career Women help build SCinet with WINS Apprenticeship at SC17

In this special guest feature, Alisa Alering from ScienceNode writes that a team of women engineers helped build SCinet as part of the WINS program at SC17. “A lot of these women come from small schools, and they may not normally get exposed to the technology SCinet provides,” says Meehl. “It’s a great experience technically, but they also get a great professional experience meeting people—that really brings value to your ability to do your job.”

HACC: Fitting the Universe inside a Supercomputer

Nicholas Frontiere from the University of Chicago gave this talk at the DOE CSGF Program Review meeting. “In response to the plethora of data from current and future large-scale structure surveys of the universe, sophisticated simulations are required to obtain commensurate theoretical predictions. We have developed the Hardware/Hybrid Accelerated Cosmology Code (HACC), capable of sustained performance on powerful and architecturally diverse supercomputers to address this numerical challenge. We will investigate the numerical methods utilized to solve a problem that evolves trillions of particles, with a dynamic range of a million to one.”

HPC4Manufacturing Program Seeks Industry Proposals

The Department of Energy is seeking industry proposals for public/private projects aimed at applying high performance computing to industry challenges for the advancement of energy innovation. “We are seeing some significant successes with orders of magnitude reduction in simulation times and higher fidelity simulations that more closely match the reality of the manufacturing process. With this solicitation we plan to continue to expand the reach of our program to new companies to help solve new and different problems.”