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Supercomputing the Building Blocks of the Universe

In this special guest feature, ORNL profiles researcher Gaute Hagen, who uses the Summit supercomputer to model scientifically interesting atomic nuclei. “A central question he is trying to answer is: what is the size of a nucleus? The difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions—called the “neutron skin”— has implications for the equation-of-state of neutron matter and neutron stars.”

First Annual Exascale Day on 10/18 to Celebrate Supercomputing Discoveries

“Exascale Day celebrates the scientists and researchers who make breakthrough discoveries with the help of some of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Exascale Day celebrates those who keep asking what if, why not, and what’s next — with the advanced technology to attain the answers. The founding organizations have established National Exascale Day as a registered holiday to be celebrated annually on October 18 (1018).”

DOE Funds Quantum Computing and Networking Research

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $60.7 million in funding to advance the development of quantum computing and networking. “We are on the threshold of a new era in Quantum Information Science and quantum computing and networking, with potentially great promise for science and society,” said Under Secretary of Science Paul Dabbar. “These projects will help ensure U.S. leadership in these important new areas of science and technology.”

DOE Funds Argonne for better materials and chemistry through data science

Argonne is one of five national laboratories and fourteen universities awarded three-year grants under a DOE Funding Opportunity titled ​“Data Science for Discovery in Chemical and Materials Sciences.” Argonne was awarded funding for two research projects. Total funding will be nearly $4.75 million over three years.

Department of Energy awards Fermilab $3.5 million for quantum science

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded researchers at its Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory more than $3.5 million to boost research in the fast-emerging field of Quantum Information Science. “Few pursuits have the revolutionary potential that quantum science presents,” said Fermilab Chief Research Officer Joe Lykken. “Fermilab’s expertise in quantum physics and cryogenic engineering is world-class, and combined with our experience in conventional computing and networks, we can advance quantum science in directions that not many other places can.”

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.

Cray Shasta Software to Power Exascale Era

Today Cray a new, open and extensible software platform to address the growing need for supercomputing across government and private industries. As advanced simulation, artificial intelligence (AI) and digital transformation create new, data intensive workloads, the need for performance at scale is growing rapidly. Recognizing the challenges presented by the exascale era, Cray’s software fuses supercomputing performance and capability with the modularity, composability and ease-of-use of cloud computing.

Cray to Build El Capitan Exascale Supercomputer at LLNL

Today the Department of Energy announced that Cray will build the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, “El Capitan.” To be hosted at LLNL, El Capitan will have a peak performance of more than 1.5 exaflops and an anticipated delivery in late 2022. El Capitan will be DOE’s third exascale-class supercomputer, following Argonne National Laboratory’s “Aurora” and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s “Frontier” system. All three DOE exascale supercomputers will be built by Cray utilizing their Shasta architecture, Slingshot interconnect and new software platform.

DOE Funds $37 Million for Materials and Chemistry Research in Quantum Information Science

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $37 million in funding for targeted research in materials and chemistry to advance the important emerging field of Quantum Information Science (QIS). “America was a pioneer in the establishment of the Information Age,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “It’s critical that we remain in the forefront of information science and technology, and this new research will help ensure continued U.S. leadership in the information economy in the years ahead.”

Video: Update on the Exascale Computing Project

In this video, ECP Director Doug Kothe provides an update on the Exascale Computing Project. ECP has mission to ensure that a capable exascale computing ecosystem will come to fruition with the arrival of the nation’s first exascale systems. “Enduring legacy translates to having dozens of application technologies that will be used to tackle some of the toughest problems in DOE and the nation, and so the applications are now going to be positioned to address their challenge problems and in many cases help solve them or be a part of the solution.”