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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

Taking Cues from Nature to Develop Better Biofuel Catalysts

Scientists working at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) are looking to nature’s catalysts, enzymes, for inspiration in their quest to find a more effective means of converting biomass into renewable fuel.

August 27, 2013
  • Argonne Distinguished Fellow, Rusty Lusk, assists a student at the 2013 Argonne Training Program for Extreme Supercomputing

Argonne's 2013 Summer Training Program a Success

The Argonne Training Program for Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) culminated on August 9, 2013, with a final exam, distribution of certificates of completion, and rounds of handshakes from the 63 bleary-eyed but enthused attendees of the two-week program designed to train the next generation of supercomputer users. Citing “intensity” and “caliber of instructors” as key differentiators between this and other training programs they had attended, students overwhelming agreed that they had received a solid overview of trends and topics of importance in extreme-scale computing today.

August 27, 2013
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IEEE Computing in Science & Engineering Special Issue on Leadership Computing Announced

Michael Papka, director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, and James Hack, director of the National Center for Computational Sciences, which houses the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, have been appointed the guest editors of a

August 20, 2013

ALCF Scientist Jeff Hammond Named a 2013 Young Achiever in Scalable Computing

The IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing (TCSC) has named Argonne's Jeff Hammond a Young Achiever in Scalable Computing for 2013.

August 06, 2013
  • Designing a New Operating System for Exascale Architectures

Designing a New Operating System for Exascale Architectures

Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to lead Argo, a multi-institutional research project to design and develop a platform-neutral prototype of an exascale operating system and runtime software.

Researchers in Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division will collaborate with scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as with several universities nationwide, on the three-year, $9.75 million project.

August 01, 2013
  • Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Learning to Use Today’s Most Powerful Supercomputers (or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation!)

A summer training course for programming today’s most powerful open science supercomputing systems got underway this week in St. Charles, IL, organized and hosted by Argonne National Laboratory as an intensive two-week boot camp for future users of leadership-class machines.

July 29, 2013

Four ALCF Papers Accepted to SC13 Technical Papers Program

Four papers from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility have been selected for the Technical Papers Program at SC13, the premier annual international supercomputing conference, and the leading venue for presenting high-quality original research in high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.

July 18, 2013

First Mira Runs Break New Ground with Turbulence Simulations

Shortly after Mira, the ALCF’s new 10-petaflops supercomputer, entered production mode in April, Robert Moser and his University of Texas team initiated one of the first full-scale runs on the system, continuing their work with the largest-ever di

July 16, 2013