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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 […]

@HPCpodcast: Jack Dongarra Talks Turing Award, the TOP500 and the Past and Future of Supercomputing

At @HPCpodcast we’ve been fortunate to host some highly distinguished computer scientists and HPC thinkers, people who have shaped supercomputing as the technology has advanced human knowledge and taken on the world’s most vexing challenges. Today we welcome Jack Dongarra who was recently honored with the ACM Turing Award for “Pioneering Concepts and Methods Which Resulted in World-Changing Computations.” As the ACM said in its award announcement, “Dongarra has led the world of high-performance computing through his contributions to….

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.”

@HPCpodcast: Oak Ridge Assoc. Director Dr. Jeff Nichols on Frontier, on History-making HPC – and on His Retirement

In this episode of the @HPCpodcast, join us for a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Frontier exascale supercomputer, how it was built in the middle of a pandemic and how it’s being prepared for full user-readiness. Frontier is a $600 million, 30 MW system comprised of 50-60 million parts in more than 100 cabinets, deployed at the Oak Ridge….

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. […]

Smithsonian Exhibit Recognizing Women in STEM, Honors ORNL’s Amy Elliott

March 8, 2022 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Amy Elliott was among women in STEM featured with a life-sized statue in a new exhibit, IfThenSheCan, at the Smithsonian to commemorate Women’s History Month. Credit: Amy Elliott Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Amy Elliott is one of 120 women featured in a new exhibit, IfThenSheCan, at the […]

Susan Hubbard Named ORNL Deputy for Science and Technology

Susan Hubbard has been named deputy for science and technology at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory effective March 1, 2022. “Dr. Hubbard brings skilled and passionate leadership that will enable world-leading impact across our portfolio,” said ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. “She is a true champion of the DOE mission, the National Laboratory […]

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) […]

Research Team Uses Summit to Earn Gordon Bell Prize Nomination for Simulating Carbon in Extreme Conditions

A research team used machine-learned descriptions of interatomic interactions on the 200-petaflop Summit supercomputer at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to model more than a billion carbon atoms at quantum accuracy and observe how diamonds behave under some of the most extreme pressures and temperatures imaginable. The team was led by scientists […]