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DOE Announces $625 Million for New Quantum Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to spend up $625 million over the next five years to establish two to five multidisciplinary Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers in support of the National Quantum Initiative. “America continues to lead the world in QIS and emerging technologies because of our incredible innovation ecosystem. The National Quantum Initiative launched by the President, including these new research centers, leverages the combined strengths of academia, industry, and DOE laboratories to drive QIS breakthroughs,” said Chief Technology Officer of the United States Michael Kratsios.

Single-Cell Sequencing for Drug Discovery: Applications and Challenges

Sarah Middleton from GSK gave this talk at DOE CSGF 2019. “Advances in techniques for single-cell RNA sequencing have made it possible to profile gene expression in individual cells on a large scale, opening up the possibility to explore the heterogeneity of expression within and across cell types. This exciting technology is now being applied to almost every tissue in the human body, with some experiments generating expression profiles for more than 100,000 cells at a time.”

Podcast: UnifyFS Software Project steps up to Exascale

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Kathryn Mohror LLNL and Sarp Oral of ORNL provide an update ECP’s ExaIO project and UnifyFS. “UnifyFS can provide ECP applications performance-portable I/O across changing storage system architectures, including the upcoming Aurora, Frontier, and El Capitan exascale machines. “It is critically important that we provide this portability so that application developers don’t need to spend their time changing their I/O code for every system.”

The Role of Cyberinfrastructure in Science: Challenges and Opportunities

Ewa Deelman from the University of Southern California gave this Invited Talk at SC19. “This presentation examines selected modern scientific discoveries, such as the detection of gravitational waves from the CI perspective. It aims to answer the following key questions: first, what were the key CI solutions that enabled a particular scientific result? and second, what were the challenges that needed to be overcome?”

Sawtooth Supercomputer from HPE Comes to Idaho National Lab

A powerful new supercomputer arrived this week at Idaho National Laboratory’s Collaborative Computing Center. The machine has the power to run complex modeling and simulation applications, which are essential to developing next-generation nuclear technologies. “Named after a central Idaho mountain range, Sawtooth arrives in December and will be available to users early next year. The $19.2 million system ranks #37 on the 2019 Top500 fastest supercomputers in the world. That is the highest ranking reached by an INL supercomputer. Of 102 new systems added to the list in the past six months, only three were faster than Sawtooth.”

Penguin Computing to Deploy Magma Supercomputer with Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 Processors at LLNL

At SC19, Penguin Computing announced a powerful new supercomputer coming to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Called Magma, the system was procured through the Commodity Technology Systems (CTS-1) contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and is one of the first deployments of Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series processors with support from CoolIT Systems complete direct liquid cooling and the Intel Omni-Path interconnect.

Department of Energy to Showcase World-Leading Science at SC19

The DOE’s national laboratories will be showcased at SC19 next week in Denver, CO. “Computational scientists from DOE laboratories have been involved in the conference since it began in 1988 and this year’s event is no different. Experts from the 17 national laboratories will be sharing a booth featuring speakers, presentations, demonstrations, discussions, and simulations. DOE booth #925 will also feature a display of high performance computing artifacts from past, present and future systems. Lab experts will also contribute to the SC19 conference program by leading tutorials, presenting technical papers, speaking at workshops, leading birds-of-a-feather discussions, and sharing ideas in panel discussions.”

Deep Learning on Summit Supercomputer Powers Insights for Nuclear Waste Remediation

A research collaboration between LBNL, PNNL, Brown University, and NVIDIA has achieved exaflop (half-precision) performance on the Summit supercomputer with a deep learning application used to model subsurface flow in the study of nuclear waste remediation. Their achievement, which will be presented during the “Deep Learning on Supercomputers” workshop at SC19, demonstrates the promise of physics-informed generative adversarial networks (GANs) for analyzing complex, large-scale science problems.

SC19 to Host BoF Meeting on Americas HPC Collaboration

SC19 will host a BoF Meeting on Americas HPC Collaboration. This third BoF Americas HPC Collaboration seeks to showcase collaboration opportunities and experiences between different HPC Networks and Laboratories from countries of the American continent. “The goal of this BoF is to show the current state of the art in continental collaboration in HPC, latest developments of regional collaborative networks and, to update the roadmap for the next two years for the Americas HPC partnerships.”

DOE Funds Center for Artificial Intelligence-focused Architectures and Algorithms

Sandia National Laboratories, PNNL, and the Georgia Institute of Technology are launching a research center that combines hardware design and software development to improve artificial intelligence technologies that will ultimately benefit the public. “The center will focus on the most challenging basic problems facing the young field, with the intention of speeding advances in cybersecurity, electric grid resilience, physics and chemistry simulations and other DOE priorities.”