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Panel Discussion: Exascale and Beyond – Challenges in Productive and Sustainable Software

In this video from PASC 2019, Lois Curfman McInnes from Argonne and Rich Brueckner from insideHPC moderate a panel discussion on the challenges of software development for exascale supercomputers. “Software—the key crosscutting technology by which teams collaborate toward predictive science—is dramatically increasing in complexity due to disruptive architectural changes, multiphysics and multiscale modeling, the coupling of simulations and data analytics, and the demand for greater reproducibility and sustainability.”

Harris and Riesselman Share 2019 Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award

Two scientists who use HPC for divergent purposes – astronomy and biology – are recipients of the 2019 Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award. The honorees are Chelsea Harris, a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy and astrophysics at Michigan State University, and Adam Riesselman, a machine-learning engineer at Insitro, a Bay Area drug-discovery company.

ORNL to lead INFUSE Network for Fusion Energy Program

The Department of Energy has established the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy program, or INFUSE, to encourage private-public research partnerships for overcoming challenges in fusion energy development. “Researchers and scientists in the Department of Energy are developing new tools to predict the performance, reliability and economics of fusion reactor concepts.”

Call for Proposals: Get on Big Iron with the ALCF Data Science Program

The ALCF Data Science Program at Argonne has issued its Call for Proposals. The program aims to accelerate discovery across a broad range of scientific domains which require data-intensive and machine learning algorithms to address challenging research problems. “Ongoing and past ADSP projects span a diverse range of science domains, e.g. Materials, Imaging, Neuroscience, Engineering, Combustion/CFD, Cosmology; and involve large science collaborations.”

Video: The Exascale Computing Project and the Future of HPC

Doug Kothe from ORNL presented this ACM Tech Talk in April, 2019. “The ECP is designing the software infrastructure to enable the next generation of supercomputers—systems capable of more than 1018 operations per second—to effectively and efficiently run applications that address currently intractable problems of strategic importance. The ECP is creating and deploying an expanded and vertically integrated software stack on DOE HPC exascale and pre-exascale systems, thereby defining the enduring US exascale ecosystem.”

Podcast: Intel to Deliver Exascale for the Advancement of Science

In this Chip Chat podcast, Trish Damkroger from Intel outlines a few of the key technologies coming to the Aurora supercomputer in 2021. To enable Exascale levels of performance, Aurora will be built with a future generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, the recently announced Intel Xe compute architecture, and Intel Optane DC persistent memory. Built by subcontractor Cray, Aurora will enable ground-breaking science such as precision medicine, climate modeling, weather forecasting, and materials science.

DOE Announces $20 Million in AI Research Funding

DOE’s Office of Electricity has selected eight projects to receive nearly $7 million in total to explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies to improve existing knowledge and discover new insights and tools for better grid operation and management. DOE’s Office of Science announced a plan to provide $13 million in total funding for new research aimed at improving A.I. as a tool of scientific investigation and prediction.

Video: Simulations of Antarctic Meltdown should send chills on Earth Day

In this video, researchers investigate the millennial-scale vulnerability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) due solely to the loss of its ice shelves. Starting at the present-day, the AIS evolves for 1000 years, exposing the floating ice shelves to an extreme thinning rate, which results in their complete collapse. The visualizations show the first 500 […]

DOE Extending Quantum Networks for Long Distance Entanglement

Scientists from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and DOE’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) are collaborating on an experiment that puts U.S. quantum networking research on the international map. Researchers have built a quantum network testbed that connects several buildings on the Brookhaven Lab campus using unique portable quantum entanglement sources and an existing DOE ESnet communications fiber network—a significant step in building a large-scale quantum network that can transmit information over long distances.

Exascale Computing Project Software Activities

Mike Heroux from Sandia National Labs gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The Exascale Computing Project is accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem for breakthroughs in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.The goal of the ECP Software Technology focus area is to develop a comprehensive and coherent software stack that will enable application developers to productively write highly parallel applications that can portably target diverse exascale architectures.”