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New material shows brain-like behavior

Even as the power of our modern computers grows exponentially, biological systems – like our brains – remain the ultimate learning machines.

October 09, 2017
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Leaning into the supercomputing learning curve

Starting in late July, 70 participants in the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) gathered at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois, for the program’s fifth annual training session. This two-week course is designed to teach scientists key skills and tools and the most effective ways to use leading-edge supercomputers to further their research aims. The training is part of the Exascale Computing Project, a collaborative effort of the DOE's Office of Science and its National Nuclear Security Administration.

October 06, 2017
  • Isosurface of the Lapacian of the electron density of MK44, an organic dye, attached to the surface of a nanocluster of titania.

Argonne’s data science program adds new projects, doubles in size

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) added four new data science projects to its ALCF Data Science Program for 2017-2018.

October 02, 2017
  • Argonne's Sibendu Som

Turbocharging engine design

For the first time, Argonne’s scientists and engineers pinpointed engine designs for a given fuel using the Mira supercomputer at the heart of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. With Mira’s supercomputing prowess, Argonne’s Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) team simulated over 2,000 engine design combinations and “reduced design time from months to weeks,” said Sibendu Som, group leader and principal computational scientist at Argonne.

September 29, 2017
  • HACC cosmology simulation

Cartography of the cosmos

Argonne researcher Salman Habib leads the “Computing the Sky at Extreme Scales” project or “ExaSky,” one of the first projects funded by the recently established Exascale Computing Project (ECP), a collaborative effort between DOE’s Office of Science and its National Nuclear Security Administration. From determining the initial cause of primordial fluctuations to measuring the sum of all neutrino masses, this project’s science objectives represent a laundry list of the biggest questions, mysteries and challenges currently confounding cosmologists.

September 27, 2017
  • ATLAS experiment

ALCF supercomputers help address LHC’s growing computing needs

Argonne researchers are exploring the use of ALCF computing resources to process and analyze the massive amount of data generated by the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. Working with ALCF staff, the team is developing a pipeline that will allow ATLAS researchers to use Mira and Theta for the experiment’s intensive computing tasks—event generation, detector simulations, reconstruction, and analysis. Their work is demonstrating that DOE supercomputers provide a valuable tool for performing increasingly precise simulations, as well as calculations that are too intensive for traditional computing resources.

September 25, 2017
  • Jet noise simulations

The sublime challenge of jet noise

Humans make a lot of noise. The riffs of heavy metal bands like Metallica and Kiss have soared to levels in the 130-decibel range, levels sure to lead to auditory damage.

September 20, 2017
  • Dye-sensitized solar panels

A window into solar

Buildings consume an estimated 40 percent of energy used in the United States – a burden that also represents a renewable energy opportunity. If researchers could turn windows and other structural components into solar energy cells, they could feed into a sustainable local power grid to heat, cool and light businesses and homes. Toward this goal, a research team at the University of Cambridge and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a Department of Energy Office of Science user facility, are seeking affordable, efficient chemical components of photovoltaic devices to embed in glass.

September 14, 2017
  • Reconstructed cerebrovascular network

Big data boost for brain research

Through the ALCF Data Science Program, Argonne researchers are using advanced data analysis techniques to describe the intricacies of brain function in greater detail than ever before.

September 12, 2017
  • Girls program small battery-powered cars to travel through a maze using a tablet computer

Middle school girls on a coding mission

19 seventh and eighth grade girls huddled around computers learning the fundamentals of coding in the Python programming language as part of a two-day “CodeGirls@Argonne” camp. Along with classroom-style sessions and a tour of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, students discussed portrayals of women in science and how those influence school and career choices. 

September 08, 2017