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DOE powers Aluminum and Steelmaking Research through HPC4Manufacturing Program

Today the HPC4Manufacturing Program announced four federal funding awards for solving key manufacturing challenges in steelmaking and aluminum production through supercomputing. “Primary metals industries are significant energy users, so opportunities to reduce energy consumption in this area is of great interest to our sponsors,” said HPC4Manufacturing Director Robin Miles of LLNL. “Additionally, this program is helping U.S. steel makers produce the higher strength steels vital to light weighting the next generation of automobiles.”

NREL Chooses Qumulo’s File Storage for Eagle Supercomputer

Today ​Qumulo announced that the ​National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)​ has selected Qumulo’s file storage solution for its Computational Science Center. “With the impact of climate change, it’s crucial for organizations such as NREL to adopt technologies that accelerate their research and outcomes. “With Qumulo’s incredibly scalable architecture and real-time file analytics, the NREL team can gain better insight into their data, and in turn focus more effectively on their mission to drive innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.”

John Shalf and Thomas Sterling to Keynote ISC 2019 in Frankfurt

Today ISC 2019 announced that its lineup of keynote speakers will include John Shalf from LBNL and Thomas Sterling from Indiana University. The event takes place June 16-20 in Frankfurt, Germany. “On June 18, John Shalf, from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will offer his thoughts on how the slowdown and eventual demise of Moore’s Law will affect the prospects for high performance computing in the next decade. On June 19, Thomas Sterling will present his annual retrospective of the most important developments in HPC over the last 12 months.”

Video: Sierra – Science Unleashed

Rob Neely from LLNL gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “This talk will give an overview of the Sierra supercomputer and some of the early science results it has enabled. Sierra is an IBM system harnessing the power of over 17,000 NVIDIA Volta GPUs recently deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and is currently ranked as the #2 system on the Top500. Before being turned over for use in the classified mission, Sierra spent months in an “open science campaign” where we got an early glimpse at some of the truly game-changing science this system will unleash – selected results of which will be presented.”

Podcast: Doug Kothe Looks back at the Exascale Computing Project Annual Meeting

In this podcast, Doug Kothe from the Exascale Computing Project describes the 2019 ECP Annual Meeting. “Key topics to be covered at the meeting are discussions of future systems, software stack plans, and interactions with facilities. Several parallel sessions are also planned throughout the meeting.”

Looking Back at SC18 and the Road Ahead to Exascale

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe reports on new technology and 30 years of the US supercomputing conference at SC18 in Dallas. “From our volunteers to our exhibitors to our students and attendees – SC18 was inspirational,” said SC18 general chair Ralph McEldowney. “Whether it was in technical sessions or on the exhibit floor, SC18 inspired people with the best in research, technology, and information sharing.”

Video: Optimizing Wind Power with the ExaWind Project at NREL

In this video, Scott Gibson discusses the ExaWind project for windmill simulation with Michael Sprague from NREL. ExaWind is part of the ECP, which is building applications that will scale to tomorrow’s Exascale machines. “Sprague also explains why the simulation is important because it demonstrates that the physics models of the ExaWind team will perform well on large computers and paves the way for the team to improve the models and direct simulation capability toward the exascale platform when it’s ready. He added that, ultimately, the team plans to simulate tens of large turbines within a large wind farm.”

New TOP500 List topped by DOE Supercomputers

The latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is out, a remarkable ranking that shows five Department of Energy supercomputers in the top 10, with the first two captured by Summit at Oak Ridge and Sierra at Livermore. With the number one and number two systems on the planet, the “Rebel Alliance” vendors of IBM, Mellanox, and NVIDIA stand far and tall above the others.

DOE to Showcase World-Class Computational Science at SC18

Researchers and staff from 15 National Labs will showcase DOE’s latest computing and networking innovations and accomplishments at SC18 in Dallas next week. “Several of the talks and demos will highlight achievements by DOE’s Exascale Computing Program (ECP), a multi-lab, seven-year collaborative effort focused on accelerating the delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem by 2021.”

LLNL Unveils NNSA’s Sierra, World’s Third Fastest Supercomputer

Today LLNL unveiled Sierra, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, at a dedication ceremony to celebrate the system’s completion. “The next frontier of supercomputing lies in artificial intelligence,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research. “IBM’s decades-long partnership with LLNL has allowed us to build Sierra from the ground up with the unique design and architecture needed for applying AI to massive data sets. The tremendous insights researchers are seeing will only accelerate high performance computing for research and business.”