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Podcast Looks at Exascale Computing for Forefront Scientific Problems

In this edition of Let’s Talk Exascale, Fred Streitz of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes his team’s efforts to develop supercomputer applications that address forefront scientific problems by pushing the limits of leadership-class computing. “At SC18, Fred Streitz gave a talk in the US Department of Energy booth on the topic “Machine Learning and Predictive Simulation: HPC and the US Cancer Moonshot on Sierra.” As a guest on the ECP podcast, he provides an overview and some insights from his booth talk.”

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.”

DOE Call for Proposals: HPC for Manufacturing and Materials

The DOE High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative plans to issue its first joint solicitation in November for manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) and materials (HPC4Mtls) research. “The programs are intended to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy-efficient manufacturing and in new materials that enable advanced energy technologies. Selected industry partners will be granted access to HPC facilities and experts at the national laboratories. Projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support compute cycles and work performed by the national lab partners.”

New Paper Looks at Solidification of High-pressure Ice in newly discovered Ocean Worlds

A team of theorists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has solved a long-standing puzzle in the nucleation of a high-pressure phase of ice known as ice VII, which is believed to exist near the core of “ocean world” planets recently detected outside of the solar system, and has recently been discovered to exist within the Earth’s mantle. “By dissecting the thermodynamics and kinetics of interfaces, there are entirely new classes of problems that can be studied and, ultimately, controlled. A holy grail is to design self-regulating dynamic systems and machines that can utilize far-from-equilibrium dissipative dynamics to perform complex tasks, as in biological systems — control of nucleation is a step on this path.”

HPC4Materials Program Funds Nine Projects to Fight Hot Corrosion Degradation

The Department of Energy today announced the first round of awardees for the new HPC4Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program. “We are excited about adding a materials portfolio to the HPC4EnergyInnovation umbrella program,” said acting HPC4Materials Director Robin Miles. “Understanding material properties at the macro level based on atomic scale effects is a sweet spot for HPC capabilities. New materials are essential for improved energy efficiency in electrical power plants and advanced vehicles.”

DOE Selects 13 Projects to Advance Manufacturing with HPC

In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, Wayne O Miller from LLNL announces a new RFP for the HPC4mfg program. “Today the HPC4Mfg group at LLNL announced nearly $3 million for 13 projects to stimulate the use of high performance supercomputers to advance U.S. manufacturing. Manufacturer-laboratory partnerships help the U.S. bring technologies to the market faster and gain a competitive advantage in the global economy.”

Lori Diachin Named Deputy Director of Exascale Computing Project

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Lori Diachin as its new Deputy Director effective August 7, 2018. Lori replaces Stephen Lee who has retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Lori has deep technical expertise, years of experience, and a collegial leadership style that qualify her uniquely for the ECP Deputy Director role,” said Bill Goldstein, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and chairman of the ECP board of directors.

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.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”