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QMC workshop educates attendees on powerful tool to accelerate science

From July 14-18, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility, hosted the Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) Training Program to help grow the user base of this increasingly popular computational method for chemistry, materials science, and physics research.

QMC is one of the most accurate electronic structure methods, providing an important computational tool for solving many-body calculations for a broad range of electronic systems, from weakly bound molecules to strongly correlated solids. QMC is extremely scalable, but also requires significant computing power to run, making it a great fit for the ever-increasing power of today’s supercomputers.

July 29, 2014
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Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

Big Data, it seems, is everywhere, usually characterized as a Big Problem. But with the help of ALCF's computer scientist, Venkat Vishwanath, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory were able to move and analyze massive scientific datasets on Mira.

July 15, 2014
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GE researchers perform simulations in pursuit of more efficient jet engines and wind turbines

A GE Global Research team, under the leadership of Umesh Paliath and Giridhar Jothiprasad, used ALCF supercomputers to study the complex behavior of air as it passes through jet exhaust nozzles and over wind turbine blades. The researchers relied on large eddy simulations (LES) to understand and predict these turbulent flow features, measuring quantities such as velocity, temperature and pressure. Information derived from these simulations, notes Paliath, is key to developing quieter, more efficient wind turbines and jet engines.

July 01, 2014
  • Influence of Morphology on Proton Transport in Proton Exchange Membranes (PI: Gregory Voth, University of Chicago)

ALCC program awards 1.64 billion hours of supercomputing time at ALCF

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program has awarded 19 projects a total of 1.64 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) to pursue challenging, high-reward simulation research.

June 20, 2014
  • Simulation of flame and explosion propagation

Explosion research aimed at safer building designs

Researcher Thierry Poinsot, from the European Centre for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computation (CERFACS), is leading an international effort to better understand the mechanics of flame and explosion propagation, from the early laminar flame phase to the more aggressive turbulent flame that can incite explosion. Computer resources from the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) are assisting researchers in the development of high fidelity tools to simulate realistic explosion scenarios.

June 03, 2014
  • Boot Camp collaborations boost code performance and propel research

Mira Performance Boot Camp boosts code performance, propels science

New and seasoned ALCF users convened at Argonne National Laboratory May 20-23 for the annual Mira Performance Boot Camp.

June 02, 2014
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Q&A with Ying Li, ALCF's first Margaret Butler Fellow

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) has named University of Southern California (USC) doctoral student Ying Li as its first Margaret Butler Fellow. Li will join the ALCF this fall to conduct simulations aimed at advancing batteries and fuel cells using Mira, the ALCF’s IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer.

The Margaret Butler Fellowship in Computational Science honors the lifetime achievements of Margaret Butler, a pioneering researcher in both computer science and nuclear energy. Butler served as the director of Argonne’s National Energy Software Center and was the first female Fellow of the American Nuclear Society.

April 22, 2014
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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 16 to June 27, 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, operated by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.

April 16, 2014
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Conference Introduces High School Students to Supercomputers

On April 10, nearly 400 high school girls from the Chicago area visited Argonne National Laboratory for the 27th annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference.

The conference is designed to give young women the opportunity to “test drive” a science career by attending meetings, networking, and participating in one-on-one conversations with women researchers in the physical, engineering, and life sciences. Students are able to tailor their own experiences during the registration process by choosing the types of science they’d like to explore.

April 15, 2014
  • Simulation of microturbulence in a tokamak fusion device

Plasma Turbulence Simulations Reveal Promising Insight for Fusion Energy

With the potential to provide clean, safe, and abundant energy, nuclear fusion has been called the “holy grail” of energy production. But harnessing energy from fusion, the process that powers the sun, has proven to be an extremely difficult challenge.

Scientists have been working to accomplish efficient, self-sustaining fusion reactions for decades, and significant research and development efforts continue in several countries today.

For one such effort, researchers from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a DOE collaborative national center for fusion and plasma research in New Jersey, are running large-scale simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) to shed light on the complex physics of fusion energy. Their most recent simulations on Mira, the ALCF’s 10-petaflops Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, revealed that turbulent losses in the plasma are not as large as previously estimated.

March 31, 2014