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The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Rich Brueckner and ECP’s Doug Kothe Talk Exascale, Containers of the Future and Multiple Machine Coordination

As director of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Doug Kothe leads one of the United State’s most important strategic computing efforts, one that promises significant impacts on scientific research and national competitiveness. The position draws upon Kothe’s more than three decades of experience as a physicist and computer scientist at several of the Department of […]

Let’s Talk Exascale: Forecasting Water Resources and Severe Weather with Greater Confidence

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Mark Taylor of Sandia National Laboratories talks about using exascale supercomputers for severe weather and water resource forecasting. A sub-project within the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) called E3SM-MMF is working to improve the ability to simulate the water cycle and the processes around precipitation. Our guest on the latest episode of ECP’s podcast, Let’s Talk Exascale, is Mark Taylor of Sandia National Laboratories, principal investigator of the E3SM-MMF project.

Podcast: ‘Let’s Talk Exascale’ – Update to the MFEM Element Library for Broader GPU Support

In the latest in the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series, Tzanio Kolev of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes the work at the Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations (CEED), one of six co-design centers within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project.

Katie Antypas Named Director of Hardware & Integration at Exascale Computing Project

The Exascale Computing Project has selected Berkeley Lab’s Katie Antypas as its new Director for the project’s Hardware & Integration Focus Area. “Katie has more than 14 years of experience at Berkeley Lab and is a widely recognized speaker and presenter throughout the HPC community. We are thrilled to have her take on such a critical function of leading this group and ensuring the project’s success in interfacing with the DOE HPC facilities.”

Podcast: Spack Helps Automate Deployment of Supercomputer Software

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Todd Gamblin from LLNL describes how the Spack flexible package manager helps automate the deployment of software on supercomputer systems. “After many hours building software on Lawrence Livermore’s supercomputers, in 2013 Todd Gamblin created the first prototype of a package manager he named Spack (Supercomputer PACKage manager). The tool caught on, and development became a grassroots effort as colleagues began to use the tool.”

Dan Martin from Berkeley Lab takes on new role at Exascale Computing Project

The DOE Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Dan Martin, a computational scientist and group lead for the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group in Berkeley Lab’s Computational Research Division, as team lead for their Earth and Space Science portfolio within ECP Application Development focus area. Martin replaces Anshu Dubey, a computer scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. “I am confident that Dan’s technical expertise and deep experience with the codes that are relevant to the ECP portfolio make him a good fit to replace me at ECP. Not only is he highly respected for his work, but his management style will mesh very well with the leadership team,” said Dubey of Martin’s appointment.

Podcast: WarpX exascale application to accelerate plasma accelerator research

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, researchers from LBNL discuss how the WarpX project are developing an exascale application for plasma accelerator research. “The new breeds of virtual experiments that the WarpX team is developing are not possible with current technologies and will bring huge savings in research costs, according to the project’s summary information available on ECP’s website. The summary also states that more affordable research will lead to the design of a plasma-based collider, and even bigger savings by enabling the characterization of the accelerator before it is built.”

Podcast: ZFP Project looks to Reduce Memory Footprint and Data Movement on Exascale Systems

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Peter Lindstrom from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes how the ZFP project will help reduce the memory footrprint and data movement in Exascale systems. “To perfom those computations, we oftentimes need random access to individual array elements,” Lindstrom said. “Doing that, coupled with data compression, is extremely challenging.”

Podcast: Accelerating the Adoption of Container Technologies for Exascale Computing

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, Andrew Younge from Sandia National Laboratories describes the new SuperContainers project, which aims to deliver containers and virtualization technologies for productivity, portability, and performance on the first exascale computing machines are planned for 2021. “Essentially, containers allow you to encompass your entire environment in a simple and reproducible way,” says Younge. “So not only do I have my container image that has my application and my entire software stack with it, I also have a manifest for how I got there. That’s a really important notion for many people.”

Exascale Computing Project Releases Milestone Report

The US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has published a milestone report that summarizes the status of all thirty ECP Application Development (AD) subprojects at the end of fiscal year 2019. “This report contains not only an accurate snapshot of each subproject’s current status but also represents an unprecedentedly broad account of experiences porting large scientific applications to next-generation high-performance computing architectures.”