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@HPCpodcast: At the HPC User Forum — A Frontier Visit, the State of Quantum and Supercomputing Center Staffing Woes

In this episode of the @HPCpodcast we focus on the HPC User Forum, run by industry analyst firm Hyperion Research and held last week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The conference included an opportunity to get a viewing of Frontier, newly crowned as the world’s most powerful computer and the first to break the exascale barrier. You may have heard about it. The User Forum covered an array of topics, including the drama involved in getting Frontier over the exascale finish line in time for the mid-year TOP500 list. Also discussed was what comes next for leadership-class supercomputing, the state of quantum computing, and staffing problems at HPC sites that train graduates for careers in HPC and AI and who then jump to big tech companies for more money.

Exascale Computing Project’s Doug Kothe to Be Named Oak Ridge Associate Lab Director

Last month, we reported on management changes at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), including the upcoming retirement of Jeff Nichols, associate director of the lab with oversight over the National Center for Computational Sciences, the site of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). Now we’ve learned […]

Hyperion Research Announces Special June HPC User Forum: Exascale at Oak Ridge

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 5, 2022 — HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research today announced a special HPC User Forum to be held June 21-22, 2022 hosted onsite by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). According to Hyperion Research CEO Earl Joseph, “The special June 2022 HPC User Forum will […]

INCITE Issues Call for Papers for HPC-intensive Research Proposals

INCITE, the Department of Energy’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment program, has issued a call for proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research projects through June 17, 2022. For more information, read the INCITE announcement. For details on proposal requirements, visit the INCITE website. INCITE’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to pursue […]

Changes Afoot at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, Exascale Computing Project

Change is afoot at the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). Those who listened to Jeff Nichols’ appearance this month on the @HPCpodcast know about the upcoming retirement of Nichols, who is associate director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory with oversight over the National Center for Computational Sciences […]

Former Intel HPC Leader Trish Damkroger Joins HPE as Chief Product Officer for HPC and AI

Damkroger joins HPE at a pivotal time for the company’s HPC organization as its customers at three US Department of Energy national laboratories transition to the exascale era — supercomputers capable of 10(18) calculations per second. As Hotard stated in his blog, “HPE is at the forefront of making exascale computing, a technological magnitude that will deliver 10X faster performance than the majority of today’s most powerful supercomputers, a soon-to-be reality. With the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy’s exascale system, Frontier, an HPE Cray EX supercomputer that will be hosted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we are unlocking a new world of supercomputing.”

Oak Ridge: Frontier Exascale to Deliver ‘Full User Operations’ on Jan. 1, 2023; ‘Crusher’ Test System Now Running Code

“Crusher,” a partial form of the planned 100+-cabinet Frontier supercomputer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is now running principal scientific codes at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. The Crusher test system is comprised of 1.5 cabinets powered by 3rd Gen AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Instinct MI250x GPU accelerators. […]

Meet OLCF’s Gina Tourassi, Director of National Center for Computational Sciences

Since Gina Tourassi began her career, computer science has come a long way. Tourassi learned programming in the 1980s starting with QBasic. It’s a programming environment that hasn’t been included with Microsoft operating systems for more than 20 years. When she first discovered her love of computational research, computer scientists were programming artificial intelligence (AI) […]

OLCF’S HPC Systems Engineer Bing Xie Wins IEEE Early Career Award

Bing Xie, a high-performance computing systems engineer for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, has received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society’s Early Career Researchers Award for excellence in high-performance computing, or HPC. The award recognizes outstanding, influential and potentially long-lasting HPC contributions. Xie received her Ph.D. in computer science from Duke University […]

Frontier: OLCF’S Justin Whitt on Deploying the First Exascale Supercomputer

In this installment of the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series produced by the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, Justin Whitt, program director of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, discusses deployment of Frontier, the first U.S. exascale supercomputer. The system, built by HPE-Cray and powered by AMD microprocessors, is scheduled to be installed by […]