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 […]

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 […]

LLNL’s Lori Diachin Named Director of Exascale Computing Project

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Lori Diachin will take over as director of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project on June 1, “guiding the successful, multi-institutional high-performance computing effort through its final stages,” ECP said in its announcement. Diachin, who is currently the principal deputy associate director for LLNL’s Computing Directorate, has served as ECP’s […]

@HPCpodcast: For Lower Costs and Carbon, Liquid Cooling’s Growing HPC Presence

Gone are the days when liquid cooling for HPC-class servers (and, for that matter, other types of servers and PCs) is thought of as risky. In fact, liquid cooling has been under development for decades — it goes back much farther than you might think. And now that the power required to cool HPC clusters and data centers has become so expensive and carbon-intensive, liquid cooling has become increasingly prevalent. Some HPC centers report liquid cooling has cut their electrical spending by more than 30 percent. These and related topics are the focus of this @HPCpodcast episode, sponsored by Lenovo. Shahin and Doug discuss liquid cooling as part of decarbonization and sustainability strategies. We cover everything from chilled doors to direct-to-chip, immersion cooling, vapor chambers, under-water data centers

OLCF’s Paul Abston Named Data Center Manager of the Year

Paul Abston, leader of the HPC Infrastructure Operations Group of the National Center for Computational Sciences and manager of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s data center, has been named Data Center Manager of the Year for 2023. The award, sponsored by Data Center World, the global conference for data center facilities and IT professionals, recognizes […]

Orion: Frontier’s Massive File System

We’re accustomed to the massive scale of everying associated with exascale supercomputing. Now we’re getting details on the file system that will support Frontier, the world’s first exascale-certified system housed at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s High-Performance Computing Storage and Archive Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The file system, called Orion, consists of 50 cabinets […]

Dell: Threats and Opportunities for U.S. HPC Leadership

[SPONSORED GUEST ARTICLE]   Driving the development and leveraging the use of supercomputing technologies and systems is a critical strategic advantage for geopolitical players. The U.S. Council on Competitiveness, which champions entrepreneurship and commercialization of innovative ideas, coined the phrase “To Out-compute is to Out-compete” for describing the place of supercomputing as a centerpiece of competitive strategies across science, business and national defense. In fact, the U.S., having been at the forefront of supercomputing for more than 50 years, is under increasing international pressure as more countries and regions increase their investments in HPC and associated areas, including AI, applications development and optimization, and workforce development and retention.

Oak Ridge Lab Names Jeff Smith Interim Director, Hires Search Firm

While Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues its search for a successor to outgoing lab Director Thomas Zacharia, the lab has named as its interim director Jeff Smith, who served for 21 years as ORNL’s Deputy for Operations before retiring last April. Zacharia announced his retirement in July after more than five years as director. UT-Battelle, […]

Call for Nominations to Replace ASCR’s Barb Helland

A call for nominations has been issued to find a replacement for Barb Helland, the long-time and esteemed associate director for the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), by the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. Helland will officially retire on January 15. Helland, known to be media-shy, has politely declined […]