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  • Cooley

ALCF’s new visualization and analysis cluster brings significant boost in memory capacity

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, has officially launched Cooley, a new visualization and analysis cluster with nearly eight times the memory capacity of the facility’s previous system, Tukey.

The new system’s significant boost in memory, along with its state-of-the-art hardware, will help facility users to better analyze and explore the massive datasets that result from their simulations on Mira, the ALCF’s 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer.

June 02, 2015
  • Snapshots of representative hydrocarbon configurations inside zeolite frameworks

ALCF supercomputer helps identify materials to improve fuel production

Using Mira, researchers from the University of Minnesota have identified catalytic materials that could potentially improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The team executed a complex computational screening process to look at thousands of materials called zeolites to predict their performance for specific applications. This reduces the need for trial and error experimentation in the lab.

April 24, 2015
  • Tour of the data center

ALCF hosts high school girls for STEM event

As part of the 28th annual Science Careers in Search of Women (SCSW) conference, the young women were given the unique opportunity to investigate their areas of interest through interaction with many of Argonne’s world-class women scientists and engineers.

About 20 of the students chose to tour the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, to learn more computational science.

April 23, 2015
  • INCITE logo

INCITE Seeking Proposals to Advance Science and Engineering at U.S. Leadership Computing Facilities

The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains.

From April 15 to June 26, INCITE’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to make transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (LCF) centers, both U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facilities. 


April 15, 2015
  • Introducing Aurora, Argonne's next-generation supercomputer

Introducing Aurora

Today, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards that continue to advance U.S. leadership in developing exascale computing. The announcement was made alongside leaders from Argonne National Laboratory and industry partners at Chicago’s tech start-up hub, 1871. 

Under the joint Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $200 million investment to deliver a next-generation supercomputer, known as Aurora, to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).

April 09, 2015
  • iron selenide

Researchers use Mira to peer inside high-temperature superconductors

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) are using supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, to shed light on the mysterious nature of high-temperature superconductors. With an improved understanding of the mechanisms that give rise to high-temperature superconductivity, scientists will be better equipped to design new materials and develop technologies that can benefit from them.

March 25, 2015
  • Synergia simulation of a bunched beam including particles (green) and self-fields (purple).

Advancing accelerator science using Mira

Leading a team from Fermilab, physicist James Amundson is working with the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to perform the complex accelerator simulations aimed at reducing the risks and costs involved in developing the world’s highest intensity particle beams.

March 04, 2015
  • ATPESC 2015

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing Scheduled for August 2-14, 2015

Computational scientists now have the opportunity to apply for the upcoming Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC), to take place from August 2-14, 2015. The program provides intensive hands-on training on the key skills, approaches and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current supercomputers and the HPC systems of the future.

January 29, 2015
  • DDT in explosive cylinders

Simulations aimed at safer transport of explosives

In 2005, a semi-truck hauling 35,000 pounds of explosives through the Spanish Fork Canyon in Utah crashed and caught fire, causing a dramatic explosion that left a 30-foot-by-70-foot crater in the highway. The cause of the massive blast, brought on by a process called deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT), posed something of a mystery .

Researchers from the University of Utah are using supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, to recreate the 2005 explosion virtually. Led by Professor Martin Berzins, the research team is performing large-scale 3D simulations on Mira, the ALCF’s 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q system, to study the physical mechanisms that led to DDT.

January 07, 2015
  • New frontiers in leadership computing

New Frontiers in Leadership Computing

New Frontiers in Leadership Computing, the second of a two-part Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE) Special Issue on Leadership Computing, is now available online. In two consecutive publications, this special issue will explore nine projects that are using leadership systems to expand the frontiers of their fields.

The November/December issue features four articles on topics that include realistic airplane wing simulations, understanding processes associated with carbon sequestration, advancing accelerator science for high-energy physics, and simulating laser-plasma interactions in the National Ignition Facility Experiments.

Full articles are available with a CiSE magazine subscription.

January 05, 2015