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Agenda Posted for PASC19 in Zurich

PASC19 has posted its Full Conference Program. The event takes place June 12-14 in Zurich, Switzerland. “PASC19 is the sixth edition of the PASC Conference series, an international platform for the exchange of competences in scientific computing and computational science, with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, application challenges, and novel techniques and usage of high performance computing.”

Achieving ExaOps with the CoMet Comparative Genomics Application

Wayne Joubert’s talk at the HPC User Forum described how researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) achieved a record throughput of 1.88 ExaOps on the CoMet algorithm. As the first science application to run at the exascale level, CoMet achieved this remarkable speed analyzing genomic data on the recently launched Summit supercomputer.

General Atomics Fabricates First ITER Central Solenoid Module for Nuclear Fusion

Engineers at General Atomics have completed fabrication of the first ITER Central Solenoid Module for nuclear fusion. When the ITER fusion energy project in France powers up in 2025, its first operations will be enabled by the largest pulsed superconducting magnet ever built – a magnet that has roots in Southern California.

AMD to Power Exascale Cray System at ORNL

Today AMD announced a new exascale-class supercomputer to be delivered to ORNL in 2021. Built by Cray, the “Frontier” system is expected to deliver more than 1.5 exaFLOPS of processing performance on AMD CPU and GPU processors to accelerate advanced research programs addressing the most complex compute problems. “The combination of a flexible compute infrastructure, scalable HPC and AI software, and the intelligent Slingshot system interconnect will enable Cray customers to undertake a new age of science, discovery and innovation at any scale.”

Jack Dongarra Named a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society

Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee has been named a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society, joining previously inducted icons of science such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. “This honor is both humbling because of others who have been so recognized and gratifying for the acknowledgement of the research and work I have done,” Dongarra said. “I’m deeply grateful for this recognition.”

Vintage Video: The Paragon Supercomputer – A Product of Partnership

In this vintage video, Intel launches the Paragon line of supercomputers, a series of massively parallel systems produced in the 1990s. In 1993, Sandia National Laboratories installed an Intel XP/S 140 Paragon supercomputer, which claimed the No. 1 position on the June 1994 TOP500 list. “With 3,680 processors, the system ran the Linpack benchmark at 143.40 Gflop/s. It was the first massively parallel processor supercomputer to be indisputably the fastest system in the world.”

Scaling Deep Learning for Scientific Workloads on the #1 Summit Supercomputer

Jack Wells from ORNL gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “HPC centers have been traditionally configured for simulation workloads, but deep learning has been increasingly applied alongside simulation on scientific datasets. These frameworks do not always fit well with job schedulers, large parallel file systems, and MPI backends. We’ll share benchmarks between native compiled versus containers on Power systems, like Summit, as well as best practices for deploying learning and models on HPC resources on scientific workflows.”

Perth’s GPU Hackathon looks to speed research computing

The second annual GPU Hackathon kicked off in Perth this week, a collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NVIDIA and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Attended by five teams from across Australia, the five-day hack event centers around adapting scientific code for accelerated computing. “We’re excited to continue our collaboration with international research facilities”, said Mark Stickells, Executive Director at Pawsey. “Pawsey accelerates scientific discovery through technology, expertise and collaboration; and this is demonstrated by the GPU Hackathon. The Hackathon is a great example of collaboration and engagement with industry, academia and government.”

DOE powers Aluminum and Steelmaking Research through HPC4Manufacturing Program

Today the HPC4Manufacturing Program announced four federal funding awards for solving key manufacturing challenges in steelmaking and aluminum production through supercomputing. “Primary metals industries are significant energy users, so opportunities to reduce energy consumption in this area is of great interest to our sponsors,” said HPC4Manufacturing Director Robin Miles of LLNL. “Additionally, this program is helping U.S. steel makers produce the higher strength steels vital to light weighting the next generation of automobiles.”

Job of the Week: Performance Engineer at Oak Ridge National Lab

Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee is seeking a Performance Engineer in our Job of the Week. “We are seeking to build a team of Performance Engineers who will serve as liaisons between the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) and the users of the NCCS leadership computing resources, particularly Exascale Computing Project application development teams and will collaborate with the ECP application teams as they ready their software applications for the OLCF Exascale computer Frontier. These positions reside in the Scientific Computing Group in the National Center for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.