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  • simulation of tribofilms

Argonne discovery yields self-healing diamond-like carbon

Large-scale reactive molecular dynamics simulations carried out on the Mira supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, along with experiments conducted by researchers in Argonne’s Energy Systems Division, enabled the design of a “self-healing,” anti-wear coating that dramatically reduces friction and related degradation in engines and moving machinery. Now, the computational work advanced for this purpose is being used to identify the friction-fighting potential of other catalysts.


August 05, 2016
  • ATPESC 2015

Argonne’s annual HPC training program now underway

The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC), a two-week “boot camp” introducing a group of 65 participants on how to effectively use the world’s most powerful supercomputers, is set to begin on July 31.

This pioneering program, now in its fourth year, aims to educate the next generation of researchers on all aspects of high-performance computing (HPC), including programming techniques, advanced numerical algorithms, and current and emerging computing architectures. 

July 29, 2016
  • Fluid dynamics simulation of a gasoline compression engine

HPC revs up engine designs

An Argonne National Laboratory team is combining software innovations with ALCF supercomputing resources to jump-start internal-combustion engine designs in the name of conservation.

July 20, 2016
  • Scientists optimize defects for better superconducting effects

Scientists optimize defects for better superconducting effects

In a new study, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have developed a rational approach to optimize the arrangement of defects to enhance the current-carrying capacity of commercial high-temperature superconducting wires. The researchers used a synergistic approach that combined experiments with computer simulations carried out at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.

July 12, 2016
  • Aurora Early Science Program

Aurora Early Science Program: Call for Proposals is now open

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) is now accepting proposals for its Aurora Early Science Program (ESP).

July 06, 2016
  • 2016 Scaling Your Science on Mira workshop

Code-scaling workshop gets research teams ready for prime time

The facility’s annual scaling workshop, held May 24-26 at Argonne National Laboratory, welcomed both prospective and current users to the laboratory to work directly with ALCF computational scientists and invited experts on testing, debugging, and improving their codes on Mira, the ALCF’s 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer.

July 05, 2016
  • Design of defect spins in piezoelectric aluminum nitride

ALCC program awards 1.7 billion core-hours to 26 projects at the ALCF

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) has awarded 26 projects a total of 1.7 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. The one-year awards began July 1.

July 05, 2016
  • Journal of Computational Chemistry

The SIPS approach to solving the eigenproblem

The numerical solution of the eigenproblem for the eigenvalues and eigenvectors is generally the most time-consuming part of computing synthesis mechanisms on a supercomputer. A team using Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s supercomputer, Mira, has successfully tested an approach to harnessing Mira's massively parallel architecture to solve this part of the computation, opening the door for significant future research campaigns. The team’s work is expected to enable the discovery and optimization of synthetic approaches to valuable products, such as novel photovoltaic materials, and the inhibition of undesirable products, such as soot arising from combustion.

June 29, 2016
  • Tour of the vis center

ALCF to demonstrate engine modeling capabilities at 2016 VERIFI workshop

The Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), an Argonne National Laboratory-led program to improve internal combustion engine performance though advanced simulation and experimentation, is holding a two-day workshop this week to showcase current work and to attract new industry partners. The ALCF is a key partner in the VERIFI effort, and will open its doors to attendees for tours and a hands-on demonstration of how supercomputing can be used to quickly run a series of practical engine simulations. 

June 23, 2016
  • QMC workshop poster sessions

Training a new generation in the QMC method

Several dozen researchers attended the weeklong workshop, held at NCSA, to learn about recent developments in QMC methods. ALCF computing resources remotely supported the hands-on activities.

June 08, 2016