HPC at Argonne

ALCF Continues a Tradition of Computing Innovation

In 1949, because the computers they needed weren’t yet available commercially for purchase, Argonne physicists built their own. It was used to solve enormously complex mathematical problems. Thus began the Argonne tradition of innovation in providing leading computing resources to the scientific community—a tradition that continues today at the ALCF.

The seedbed for such groundbreaking software as MPI, PETSc, PVFS, GridFTP, and Cobalt, and as an essential partner in the development of some of the world’s premier supercomputers, Argonne’s historic stronghold at the forefront of scientific computing is undisputed.

  • 2013
    • Supported more than 300 active projects, including 27 INCITE projects and 9 ALCC projects
    • Supported 1,150 DOE facility users
    • Mira, the ALCF’s Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, went into production on April 9, 2013
    • Intrepid, the ALCF's Blue Gene/P supercomputer, was decommissioned on December 31, 2013
    • Delivered 4.79 billion core-hours of compute time
    • Research on ALCF resources resulted in more than 150 publications
    • Two ALCF publications receive Best Paper Awards
    • Four ALCF staff papers accepted to SC13, including a finalist for the Gordon Bell Prize
  • 2012
    • Supported 31 INCITE and 9 ALCC projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
    • Mira, the ALCF’s new Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, was delivered, installed and accepted
    • Mira was ranked the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the November 2012 TOP 500 list, and the second fastest supercomputer, according to the November 2012 Graph 500 list
    • 16 Early Science Projects were first to gain access to Mira
    • Delivered 1.2 billion core-hours of science on Intrepid
  • 2011
    • Supported 30 INCITE projects and 7 ALCC projects sponsored by the Department of Energy
    • Planned facility enhancements for Mira, the next-generation Blue Gene/Q supercomputer
    • Supported 16 Early Science projects
    • Prepared for Tukey, our visualization system that will be twice as fast as its predecessor, Eureka.
    • Delivered 1.2 billion core-hours of science
  • 2010
    • Began support of 35 INCITE projects and 10 ALCC projects sponsored by the Department of Energy
    • Signed contract for Mira, the next-generation Blue Gene/Q supercomputer
    • Selected 16 Early Science projects to run on the 10-petaflops Mira
    • Delivered more than 2 billion core-hours of science
  • 2009
    • Went production of 557 teraflops Blue Gene/P system
    • Began support of 28 INCITE projects
    • Approved for 10 petaflops system to be delivered in 2012 timeframe
    • Began joint Argonne/NERSC Magellan cloud project
    • Delivered 897 million core-hours of science
  • 2008
    • Increased to 20 INCITE projects
    • Begin support of Early Science and INCITE projects on Blue Gene/P
  • 2007
    • Increased to 9 INCITE projects
    • Continued development projects
    • Held Next Generation Blue Gene workshop (June)
    • Installed 100-teraflops Blue Gene/P (Oct.-Nov.)
    • Accepted 100-teraflops Blue Gene/P (Dec.)
  • 2006
    • Began production support of 6 INCITE projects
    • Continued code development and evaluation
  • 2005
    • Installed 5-teraflops Blue Gene/L for evaluation
  • 2004
    • Formed the Blue Gene Consortium with IBM