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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 […]

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 […]

A Look Inside the US’s 1st Exascale Supercomputer Facility

Preparing for the nation’s first exascale system, the upcoming HPE Cray EX Frontier “Frontier” system at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been a colossal undertaking. Since the spring of 2020, ORNL staff members have made numerous modifications to the building and room that will house Frontier, a system that will […]

Toolkit Delivers 4D Visualization, Addresses Data Volume Challenges in Exascale

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has announced that a team of researchers has developed the Feature Tracking Kit (FTK), which uses simplicial spacetime meshing to simplify, scale, and deliver novel feature-tracking algorithms for in situ data analysis and scientific visualization. FTK delivers feature-tracking tools, scales feature-tracking algorithms in distributed and parallel environments, and simplifies development […]