Exascale: Bringing Engineering and Scientific Acceleration to Industry

At SC23, held in Denver, Colorado, last November, members of ECP’s Industry and Agency Council, comprised of U.S. business executives, government agencies, and independent software vendors, reflected on how ECP and the move to exascale is impacting current and planned use of HPC….

@HPCpodcast: Views and Insights on the New TOP500 List

The big news on the Monday of each annual Supercomputing Conference is the release of the new TOP500 ranking of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. At this years SC23 here in Denver, the big news is that the  top 10 of this year’s list has more changes than any list in recent memory….

Aurora Exascale Install Update: Cautious Optimism

The twice-annual TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is not universally loved, arguments persist whether the LINPACK benchmark is an optimal way to assess HPC system performance. But few would argue it serves a valuable purpose: for those installing leadership-class supercomputers, the TOP500 poses a challenge and a looming deadline that “concentrates the mind wonderfully.”

@HPCpodcast: Paul Messina and the Journey to Exascale

From the early days of supercomputing through the success of exascale supercomputing, few HPC luminaries have played as important and integral leadership role in HPC as Dr. Paul Messina. So as we observe Exascale Day today, we are delighted to discuss the exascale journey with someone instrumental to the 10 orders of magnitude of improvement in ….

Building a Capable Computing Ecosystem for Exascale

With ECP, working together was a prerequisite for participation. “From the beginning, the teams had this so-called ‘shared fate,’” says Siegel. When incorporating new capabilities, applications teams had to consider relevant software tools developed by others that could help meet their performance targets, and if they didn’t choose to use them….

LLNL: 9,000 Exascale Nodes for Power Grid Optimization

Ensuring the nation’s electrical power grid can function with limited disruptions in the event of a natural disaster, catastrophic weather or a manmade attack is a key national security challenge. Compounding the challenge of grid management is the increasing amount of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind that are continually added to the […]

Members of ECP’s Industry Council in Panel at SC23 on Exascale Computing’s Impact on Industry

July 31, 2023 — At SC23, there will be a panel discussion titled “The Impact of Exascale and the Exascale Computing Project on Industry“ featuring members of Exascale Computing Project’s Industry and Agency Council (IAC), who will discuss how the ECP and the move to exascale computing is impacting industry’s current and planned use of […]

ExaWorks: Tested Component for HPC Workflows

ExaWorks is an Exascale Computing Project (ECP)–funded project that provides access to hardened and tested workflow components through a software development kit (SDK). Developers use this SDK and associated APIs to build and deploy production-grade, exascale-capable workflows on US Department of Energy (DOE) and other computers. The prestigious Gordon Bell Prize competition highlighted the success of the ExaWorks SDK when the Gordewinner and two of three finalists in the 2020 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing–Based COVID-19 Research competition leveraged ExaWorks technologies.

Intel Announces Installation of Aurora Blades Is Complete, Expects System to be First to Achieve 2 ExaFLOPS

Intel today announced the Aurora exascale-class supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory is now fully equipped with 10,624 compute blades. Putting a stake in the ground, Intel said in its announcement that “later this year, Aurora is expected to be the world’s first supercomputer to achieve a theoretical peak performance of more than 2 exaflops … […]

Outgoing Exascale Computing Project Director Doug Kothe Takes on New Role at Sandia Labs

Doug Kothe knows about transitions, including transitions on a grand scale. The outgoing director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project helped transition the supercomputing industry into the exascale era. He took the ECP helm in October 2017, and in May 2022, the project reached a milestone with the certification of the Frontier […]