Delivering science on day one

Timothy J. Williams

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In a recent issue of Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE), ALCF Deputy Director of Science Timothy Williams discussed Theta Early Science work.

Argonne National Laboratory will soon install Theta, its next-generation high-performance computing resource. Bringing up any new supercomputer includes rigorous exploration of the machine’s ability to achieve certain performance metrics, but readying a leadership computing system for production use comes  with an additional mandate: supporting a diverse workload  of highly complex scientific and engineering codes out of the gate.

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) has designed the Theta supercomputer Early Science Program, like the Mira supercomputer Early Science Program before it, to award computing time to a select group of science teams to stress test the new system architecture by conducting real research.

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