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Sep 11, 2014

Paul Messina Named Argonne Distinguished Fellow


High-performance computing pioneer Paul Messina has been named an Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, the laboratory’s highest scientific and engineering rank. Comparable in stature to an endowed chair at a top-ranked university, the Argonne Distinguished Fellow title rank...

Sep 10, 2014

VERIFI advances combustion engine research


With access to the Mira supercomputer and additional HPC clusters, researchers at VERIFI worked with Convergent Science Inc. to scale their code into the hundreds and even thousands of cores. At the rate computational power is changing, “the resources we have available at national labs today,”...

Sep 8, 2014

P&G uses government supercomputer to improve soap

Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co. has turned to government laboratories that were instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb to improve the quality of products such as Pampers diapers, Head & Shoulders shampoo and Tide laundry detergent.

In recent years, P&G was granted access to...

Aug 19, 2014

ACME Project to Unleash Supercomputing on Climate Change


High performance computing (HPC) will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address the most challenging and demanding climate change issues.

Eight national laboratories, including Lawrence...

Aug 19, 2014

ALCF Optimizes I/O with Innovative ‘Cache’


The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility, is on-track to hosting the fastest GPFS file system in the world. The innovative storage upgrade project is mainly concerned with reducing the amount of time users have to spend managing the massive amounts...

Aug 17, 2014

Argonne helping quieter jet engines take off

Chicago Tribune

Downstream from the noisiest places in Chicago — the runways at O'Hare International Airport and the surrounding sky — scientists at a government laboratory are quietly working to understand at the most detailed level why jet engines are so loud and what might be done to reduce the annoying...

Aug 7, 2014

Hydrogen Fuel From Water & Sunlight?

Fleets & Fuels

Giulia Galli, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering, is leading a project at ALCF, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, to advance the understanding of photoelectrochemical water splitting.

Aug 6, 2014

Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

Scientific Computing

[With optimizations provided by ALCF experts], Prabhat’s job ran simultaneously on 750,000 of Mira’s 786,432 processor-cores. In just an hour and a half, he used 1 million processor hours. “In one shot, I obtained statistics about extratropical cyclones for every ensemble run in CMIP5 – this...

Aug 5, 2014

Mira IBM Supercomputer Used for Artificial Photosynthesis

BlogNotions Energy Blog

University of Chicago researchers are using Mira, a 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to study artificial photosynthesis. The idea is to study how to use cheap, abundant and non-toxic materials in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell to split water into hydrogen and oxygen with the focus...

Jul 29, 2014

Argonne HPC Training for the Next Generation of Scientists


The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) starts next month. Its organizer, Paul Messina, ALCF Director of Science, calls on more institutions to offer such training but also to influence university curricula.