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Exascale Computing Project Names Doug Kothe as Director

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Doug Kothe as its new director effective October 1. “Doug’s credentials in this area and familiarity with every aspect of the ECP make him the ideal person to build on the project’s strong momentum,” said Bill Goldstein, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and chairman of the ECP Board of Directors, which hired Kothe.”

Video: The DOE Exascale Computing Project

Doug Koethe from ORNL gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. “The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) was established with the goals of maximizing the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) for the United States and accelerating the development of a capable exascale computing ecosystem.”

Argonne Steps up to the Exascale Computing Project

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is working with a number of National Labs on the development of supercomputers with 50x better performance than today’s systems. In this special guest feature, ECP describes how Argonne is stepping up to the challenge. “Given the complexity and importance of exascale, it is not anything a single lab can do,” said Argonne’s Rick Stevens.

DOE Awards 1 Billion Hours of Supercomputer Time for Research

The DOE has awarded 1 Billion CPU hours of compute time on Oak Ridge supercomputers to a set important research projects vital to our nation’s future. ALCC allocations for 2017 continue in the tradition of innovation and discovery with projects awards ranging from 2 million to 300 million processor hours.

Agenda Posted for September HPC User Forum in Milwaukee

Hyperion Research has posted the preliminary agenda for the HPC User Forum Sept. 5-7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “The HPC User Forum community includes thousands of people from the steering committee, member organizations, sponsors and everyone who has attended an HPC User Forum meeting. Our mission is to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users.”

Developing a Software Stack for Exascale

In this special guest feature, Rajeev Thakur from Argonne describes why Exascale would be a daunting software challenge even if we had the hardware today. “The scale makes it complicated. And we don’t have a system that large to test things on right now.” Indeed, no such system exists yet, the hardware is changing, and a final vendor or possibly multiple vendors to build the first exascale systems have not yet been selected.”

Is Aurora Morphing into an Exascale AI Supercomputer?

The recently published Department of Energy FY 2018 Congressional Budget Request has raised a lot of questions about the Aurora supercomputer that was scheduled to be deployed at Argonne ALCF next year. “As we covered in our Radio Free HPC podcast, Aurora appears to be morphing into a very different kind of machine.”

Video: DoE Taps HPE Memory-Driven Computing for Exascale

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced it has been awarded a research grant from the DoE to develop a reference design for an exascale supercomputer. “Our novel Memory-Driven Computing architecture combined with our deep expertise in HPC and robust partner ecosystem uniquely positions HPE to develop the first U.S. exascale supercomputer and deliver against the PathForward program’s goals.”

Podcast: DoE Awards $258 Million for Exascale to U.S. HPC Vendors

Today U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that six leading U.S. technology companies will receive funding from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) as part of its new PathForward program, accelerating the research necessary to deploy the nation’s first exascale supercomputers. “Continued U.S. leadership in high performance computing is essential to our security, prosperity, and economic competitiveness as a nation,” said Secretary Perry. “These awards will enable leading U.S. technology firms to marshal their formidable skills, expertise, and resources in the global race for the next stage in supercomputing—exascale-capable systems.”

Jack Dongarra on ECP-funded Software Projects for Exascale

In this special guest post, Professor Jack Dongarra sits down with Mike Bernhardt from ECP to discuss the role of Dongarra’s team as they tackle several ECP-funded software development projects. “What we’re planning with ECP is to take the algorithms and the problems that are tackled with LAPACK and rearrange, rework, and reimplement the algorithms so they run efficiently across exascale-based systems.”