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Supercomputers help unravel twists in next-generation smart polymers

Chemists have been looking at polymers and gels for decades to see how these large chains of molecules respond to external stimuli such as heat, pH, temperature, electric fields, light and chemical influences.

November 20, 2013
  • Noise generation due to turbulent mixing of exhaust flow

Two ALCF Projects Win HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

GE Global Research and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are among the 2013 winners of International Data Corporation’s HPC Innovation Excellence Awards, announ

November 20, 2013
  •  Kimihiko Hirao, Director of the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, and Michael E. Papka, Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

Argonne and RIKEN Sign MOU in Support of Petascale Computing

Leaders in the petascale computing arena in the U.S. and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects aimed at expanding the use of petascale computing in the scientific and engineering communities.

The MOU was signed at SC13, a supercomputing conference being held in Denver, by Kimihiko Hirao, director of the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) of Japan, and Michael E. Papka, director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) of the U.S.

November 19, 2013
  • Large Eddy Simulations of a GE CFM combustor, temperature distribution and liquid fuel droplets.

INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 59 projects, promising to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, that will share nearly 6 billion core hours on two of America’s fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science. Their work will advance knowledge in critical areas from sustainable energy technologies to the environmental consequences of energy use.

November 16, 2013
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ALCF Researchers to Showcase Early Mira Results at SC13

A cadre of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) authors, speakers, and panelists will participate in the high-performance computing community’s premier annual event. Their work in several key areas will be presented in the conference technical program and also in the exhibition as part of the Department of Energy National Laboratories booth. This year, 15 national labs will be sharing a booth under the theme of “DOE: HPC for a Greener, Smarter, Safer World,” that will feature presentations, electronic posters, 3D simulations, demonstrations, and roundtable discussions.

November 06, 2013
  • This image shows a large simulation of the distribution of matter in the universe

Department of Energy to Again Showcase Computational Science Expertise at SC13 Conference

After unexpectedly missing the opportunity to exhibit their expertise at SC12, the Department of Energy National Laboratories will return to the conference exhibition at SC13, to be held Nov. 17-22 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

The national labs have been a driving force at the conference from the outset, when computational scientists from Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and others launched the initial conference in 1988 at a hotel conference center in Orlando, Fla. Since then, the labs have presented their work in both the conference technical program and in the exhibition.

But unlike in years past, at SC13 the national labs will be sharing a booth, featuring presentations, electronic posters, 3D simulations, demonstrations and roundtable discussions. In all, 15 different laboratories will be participating in the booth (1327) under the theme of “DOE: HPC for a Greener, Smarter, Safer World.”

October 30, 2013
  • Susan

Minding Mira

Deputy Division Director Susan Coghlan works with Mira, the fifth-fastest supercomputer in the world, at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

October 23, 2013
  • Rayleigh-Taylor Flame and the effect of additional refinement levels

Argonne, UC Davis Research Team Win Best Paper Award at LDAV 2013

Nick Leaf, Venkatram Vishwanath, Joseph Insley, Mark Hereld, Michael E. Papka, and Kwan-Liu Ma have won the Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE Symposium on Large-Scale Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV) for their paper “Efficient Parallel Volume Rendering of Large-Scale Adaptive Mesh Refinement Data.”

The paper was based on research sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy and was conducted using supercomputing resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE leadership computing facility dedicated to open science located at Argonne National Laboratory.

October 18, 2013
  • Mira

Mira: An Engine for Discovery

Every day, researchers around the country are working to understand mysterious phenomena, from the origins of the universe to chemical processes deep within the Earth’s mantle. The enormity of these studies requires ever more sophisticated tools.

The advent of petascale supercomputers now allows these same researchers to conduct calculations and simulations on unprecedented scales, and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) houses one of the fastest in the world. An IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, Mira’s architecture is the result of a co-design collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and IBM.

Capable of carrying out 10 quadrillion calculations per second, Mira’s enormous computational power can be attributed to a symbiotic architecture that combines novel designs for fine- and coarse-grain parallelism with corresponding network and I/O capabilities that redefine standards in supercomputer processing and networking.

September 27, 2013
  • This simulation image for mortar shows suspended particles in a rheometer.

ALCF Simulations Help Lay the Foundation for Better, Greener Concrete

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are conducting simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) to advance the measurement science of concrete and to gain a fundamental understanding of how

September 10, 2013