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ECP Launches ExaLearn Co-Design Center

The DOE’s Exascale Computing Project has initiated a new Co-Design Center called ExaLearn. Led by Principal Investigator Francis J. Alexander from Brookhaven National Laboratory, ExaLearn is a co-design center for Exascale Machine Learning (ML) Technologies. “Our multi-laboratory team is very excited to have the opportunity to tackle some of the most important challenges in machine learning at the exascale,” Alexander said. “There is, of course, already a considerable investment by the private sector in machine learning. However, there is still much more to be done in order to enable advances in very important scientific and national security work we do at the Department of Energy. I am very happy to lead this effort on behalf of our collaborative team.”

Report: Exascale Software Development Project on Track

Software development for future DOE Exascale machines is on track, according to a new Report. While the first Exascale machine is not slated for delivery to Argonne until 2021, ongoing efforts continue towards the monumental task of preparing applications to run 50x faster than possible today. “Software Technology is a key focus area of the ECP and represents the key bridge between Exascale systems and the scientists developing applications that will run on those platforms.”

Podcast: Evolving MPI for Exascale Applications

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Pavan Balaji and Ken Raffenetti describe their efforts to help MPI, the de facto programming model for parallel computing, run as efficiently as possible on exascale systems. “We need to look at a lot of key technical challenges, like performance and scalability, when we go up to this scale of machines. Performance is one of the biggest things that people look at. Aspects with respect to heterogeneity become important.”

Mike Bernhardt Joins HPC User Forum Steering Committee

We are pleased to report that Mike Bernhardt has joined the membership of the HPC User Forum Steering Committee. Established in 1999, the HPC User Forum has a mission to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. “As an industry veteran, Mike has the experience and connections to help move the HPC User Forum into the Exascale era,” said Rich Brueckner, President of insideHPC. “Mike is one of the nicest people in the business and I think this is a real step forward for the Steering Committee.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Optimizing I/O at the ADIOS Project

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, researchers from the ADIOS project describe how they are optimizing I/O on exascale architectures and making the code easily maintainable, sustainable, and extensible, while ensuring its performance and scalability. “The Adaptable I/O System (ADIOS) project in the ECP supports exascale applications by addressing their data management and in situ analysis needs.”

Podcast: Terri Quinn on Hardware and Integration at the Exacale Computing Project

In this podcast, Terri Quinn from LLNL provides an update on Hardware and Integration (HI) at the Exascale Computing Project. “The US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories will acquire, install, and operate the nation’s first exascale-class systems. ECP is responsible for assisting with applications and software and accelerating the research and development of critical commercial exascale system hardware. ECP’s Hardware and Integration research focus area (HI), was created to help the laboratories and the ECP teams achieve success through mutually beneficial collaborations.”

Video: Doug Kothe Looks Ahead at The Exascale Computing Project

In this video, Doug Kothe from ORNl provides an update on the Exascale Computing Project. “With respect to progress, marrying high-risk exploratory and high-return R&D with formal project management is a formidable challenge. In January, through what is called DOE’s Independent Project Review, or IPR, process, we learned that we can indeed meet that challenge in a way that allows us to drive hard with a sense of urgency and still deliver on the essential products and solutions. In short, we passed the review with flying colors—and what’s especially encouraging is that the feedback we received tells us what we can do to improve.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Making Software Development more Efficient

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Mike Heroux from Sandia National Labs describes the Exascale Computing Project’s Software Development Kit, an organizational approach to reduce the complexity of the project management of ECP software technology. “My hope is that as we create these SDKs and bring these independently developed products together under a collaborative umbrella, that instead of saying that each of these individual products is available independently, we can start to say that an SDK is available.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Transforming Combustion Science and Technology

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Jackie Chen from Sandia National Laboratories describes the Combustion-Pele project, which uses predictive simulation for the development of cleaner-burning engines. “Almost all practical combustors operate under extremely high turbulence levels to increase the rate of combustion providing high efficiency, but there are still outstanding challenges in understanding how turbulence affects auto-ignition.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Thom Dunning on Molecular Modeling with NWCHEMEX

In this edition of Let’s Talk Exascale, Thom Dunning from the University of Washington describes the software effort underway to for molecular modeling at exascale with NWCHEMEX. “To date, our work is focused on the redesign of Northwest Chem, but we’ve also explored a number of alternate strategies for implementing the overall redesign as well as the redesign of the algorithms, and this work required access to the ECP computing allocations.”