Exascale’s New Software Frontier: SLATE

“Exascale’s New Frontier,” a project from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, explores the new applications and software technology for driving scientific discoveries in the exascale era.  Why Exascale Needs SLATE For nearly 30 years, scores of science and engineering projects conducted on high-performance computing systems have used either the Linear Algebra PACKage (LAPACK) library […]

@HPCpodcast: The State of Quantum with DOE’s Dr. Travis Humble

In this conversation, Dr. Humble discusses how quantum computing works, how far along toward commercial viability the technology is, how to sort through the various quantum modalities under development, quantum’s relationship with AI, the key….

Gina Tourassi Named Oak Ridge Associate Lab Director for Computing and Computational Sciences

Gina Tourassi has been named associate laboratory director for Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate (CCSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She replaces Shaun Gleason, interim ALD since the departure of Doug Kothe for Sandia National Laboratories last June. Kothe….

AMD MI300 Accelerators Expected to Bring Choice to GPU Market

[Sponsored Guest Article]  If you agree that generative AI signifies a new chapter in IT, then you may also agree there’s a major storm gathering among GPU accelerator chip vendors vying for position in the GenAI market. It’s a competition with the potential to roil not only the microprocessor sector….

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 […]

HPC News Bytes Podcast 20230807: PCIe over Optical, Quantum at Oak Ridge, Domain-Specific Architectures, Intel Expands Oregon Fabs

Kicking off the week with a fast (4:17) review of the latest HPC news: McKinsey reported on the rise of domain-specific architectures that quantifies the slowdown of Moore’s Law and lists five DSA-boosting trends; Intel’s plans for a massive, billions-dollars-plus expansion of chip fabs in Oregon; PCI-SIG’s new workgroup to deliver PCIe technology over optical connections; Oak Ridge National Lab scientists used a Quantinuum quantum computer to produce “an intriguing scientific result” in solar cell research.

Oak Ridge Scientists Use Quantum Computer for Solar Cell Research

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that researchers at the lab used the Quantinuum H1-1 quantum computer to not only demonstrated best practices for scientific computing on current quantum systems but also produced what the lab said is an intriguing scientific result. The project was funded by DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Access to […]

Stephen Streiffer Named Director of Oak Ridge Lab

July 27, 2023 — UT-Battelle, LLC, has appointed Stephen K. Streiffer to be the next director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He currently serves as interim director at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and will join ORNL in October. “Stephen is a proven leader with diverse experience and a commitment to mission-driven research and development,” […]

OLCF and Stony Brook: Using HPC Simulations to Learn How Cicada Wings Kill Bacteria

Over the past decade, teams of engineers, chemists and biologists have analyzed the physical and chemical properties of cicada wings, hoping to unlock the secret of their ability to kill microbes on contact. If this function of nature can be replicated by science, it may lead to products with inherently antibacterial surfaces that are more […]

EXAALT-ing Molecular Dynamics to the Power of Exascale

As part of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative team of scientists, software developers, and hardware integration specialists from across the Department of Energy (DOE) has developed the Exascale Atomistics for Accuracy, Length, and Time (EXAALT) application to bring molecular dynamics (MD) into the exascale era. Danny Perez, a physicist within the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the project’s principal investigator says, “We’ve implemented new scalable methods that allow us to access as much of the accuracy, length and time space as possible on exascale machines by rethinking our methods and developing algorithms that go around some of the bottlenecks that limited scaling previously.” Such a capability has potential to revolutionize MD.