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  • A new microchip fabrication method created using ALCF supercomputing resources may help the semiconductor industry hit critical miniaturization targets on time, without defects.

Annihilating nanoscale defects

Target dates are critical when the semiconductor industry adds small, enhanced features to our favorite devices by integrating advanced materials onto the surfaces of computer chips. Missing a target means postponing a device's release, which could cost a company millions of dollars or, worse, the loss of competitiveness and an entire industry. But meeting target dates can be challenging because the final integrated devices, which include billions of transistors, must be flawless — less than one defect per 100 square centimeters.

Researchers at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory, led by Juan de Pablo and Paul Nealey, may have found a way for the semiconductor industry to hit miniaturization targets on time and without defects.

January 13, 2016
  • City of Chicago Students visit Argonne for a My Brother’s Keeper event.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Computational Thinkers

The City of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory came together this winter for a My Brother's Keeper event, a one-day hands-on workshop connecting the dots between computational thinking and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers for 8th grade students attending the Laura S. Ward STEM School.

My Brother's Keeper is a White House commitment to shrink the "advancement gap" faced by many young men of color by calling on the private and public sectors to identify evidence-based approaches and provide equal access to those students most underrepresented in STEM fields.

Staff from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and Argonne's Education Programs were on hand to guide more than 40 students through a STEM-filled day of computational thinking.

January 13, 2016
  • Students from Frazier International Magnet School in Chicago

Intro to computer programming, no computer required!

School administrators and teachers alike were delighted to have Argonne National Laboratory volunteers visit and help guide their Hour of Code activities last December. In all, Argonne’s Educational Programs department helped place 44 volunteers in Chicago and suburban classrooms to give talks, demos and lead Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) December 7-13.

January 06, 2016
  • 2016 INCITE

INCITE grants awarded to 56 computational research projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 56 projects aimed at accelerating discovery and innovation to address some of the world’s most challenging scientific questions. The projects will share 5.8 billion core hours on America’s two most powerful supercomputers dedicated to open science. The diverse projects will advance knowledge in critical areas ranging from sustainable energy technologies to next-generation materials.

November 13, 2015
  • Simulated LHC collision event

ALCF helps tackle the Large Hadron Collider’s big data challenge

Argonne physicists are using Mira to perform simulations of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments with a leadership-class supercomputer for the first time, shedding light on a path forward for interpreting future LHC data. Researchers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) helped the team optimize their code for the supercomputer, which has enabled them to simulate billions of particle collisions faster than ever before.

November 03, 2015
  • SC15 logo

ALCF contributes papers, posters, and more to SC15

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, will be well represented at SC15 with several researchers contributing to the HPC community’s premier annual conference. This year's event will take place Nov. 15-20 in Austin, Texas.

October 28, 2015
  • INCREASE members visited Argonne to network and learn how to submit competitive proposals for their research.

Keys to Access: Argonne-INCREASE partnership opens doors to collaboration

Scientific solutions to global issues increasingly rely on the powerful facilities, tools and expertise located on national laboratory campuses.

Researchers at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) may not have the same networks and access as others. Tucked away in academic silos, many lack direct connections to use these vital resources.

To address this gap in access to resources, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory partnered with the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Education and Access in Science and Engineering (INCREASE) organization this fall for a two-day workshop.

October 27, 2015
  • Vertical ionization potential (VIP) vs. vertical electron affinity (VEA)

Organics Energize Solar Cell Research

Scientists from Tulane University are using Mira to advance next-generation solar energy technologies by probing the functional interfaces found in organic and hybrid solar cells. ALCF staff helped accelerate their research by enhancing the team’s code so simulations run up to 30 percent faster on the supercomputer.

September 24, 2015
  • Amina Hussein and Vitali Morozov

ALCF summer students gain experience with high-performance computing

In 2015, the ALCF welcomed its largest group of summer students to date with 25 students who ranged from college freshmen to PhD candidates.

September 01, 2015
  • ATPESC 2015

ATPESC gives participants a crash course in supercomputing

For two weeks this summer, a group of 65 students and early career researchers took up residence at Pheasant Run Resort’s Gallery Hall in St. Charles, IL for an arduous training program designed to teach them the key skills and tools needed to efficiently use leading-edge supercomputers.

September 01, 2015