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Podcast: How Exascale Computing Could Help Boost Energy Production

In this podcast, Tom Evans, technical lead for ECP’s Energy Applications projects, shares about the motivations, progress, and aspirations on the path to the exascale. “Evans describes the unprecedented calculations expected at the exascale, the example of taking wind energy simulations much further, and the movement toward the use of more-general-purpose programming tools.”

Argonne Team Breaks Record with 2.9 Petabytes Globus Data Transfer

Today the Globus research data management service announced the largest single file transfer in its history: a team led by Argonne National Laboratory scientists moved 2.9 petabytes of data as part of a research project involving three of the largest cosmological simulations to date. “With exascale imminent, AI on the rise, HPC systems proliferating, and research teams more distributed than ever, fast, secure, reliable data movement and management are now more important than ever,” said Ian Foster.

Summit Supercomputer Triples Performance Record on new HPL-AI Benchmark

“Using HPL-AI, a new approach to benchmarking AI supercomputers, ORNL’s Summit system has achieved unprecedented performance levels of 445 petaflops or nearly half an exaflops. That compares with the system’s official performance of 148 petaflops announced in the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.”

Video: AMD Powers Next-Gen Supercomputing at ISC 2019

In this video from ISC 2019, Dan Bounds from AMD describes how the company is powering a new generation of supercomputers with their EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs. “Large system designers today also need efficient systems with the flexibility and openness to meet the challenge of demanding workloads. AMD is raising the bar on compute densities by enabling optimized server designs with high performance, low latency, and excellent efficiency in an open, flexible environment.”

Video: Jack Wells from ORNL on his new role as VP of

Today announced a newly elected vice president reflecting increased user influence within the organization. Additionally, the organization announced its 2019 Annual Meeting will be hosted by RIKEN Center for Computational Science (RIKEN R-CCS) in Japan, as well as the schedule of upcoming hackathons and bootcamps around the world.

Video: Simulating Planet-Wide Bioenergy and Human Health on the Summit Supercomputer

In this video from PASC19 in Zurich, Dan Jacobson from ORNL describes how researchers are using the #1 Summit supercomputer to tackle the challenges facing an ever-growing human population. These planet-wide simulations could not even have been attempted before the advent of pre-exascale systems like Summit.”We are using CoMet to investigate the genetic architectures underlying complex traits in applications from bioenergy to human clinical genomics.”

ORNL to lead INFUSE Network for Fusion Energy Program

The Department of Energy has established the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy program, or INFUSE, to encourage private-public research partnerships for overcoming challenges in fusion energy development. “Researchers and scientists in the Department of Energy are developing new tools to predict the performance, reliability and economics of fusion reactor concepts.”

Supercomputing Takes on the Opioid Crisis

In this special guest feature from the SC19 Blog, Dan Jacobson and Wayne Joubert from ORNL describes how the Summit supercomputer is helping untangle how genetic variants, gleaned from vast datasets, can impact whether an individual is susceptible (or not) to disease, including chronic pain and opioid addiction.

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.