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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
  • 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
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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
  • Khokhlov INCITE

ALCF selects projects for Theta Early Science Program

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, has selected six projects for its Theta Early Science Program (ESP), a collaborative effort designed to help prepare scientific applications for the architecture and scale of the new supercomputer.

August 06, 2015
  • ATPESC participants collaborate

ATPESC 2015 set to groom new generation of supercomputer users

With the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) kicking off on Sunday, August 2, a group of 65 researchers will begin a crash course on how to effectively use the world’s most powerful supercomputers.The intensive two-week training program, now in its third year, introduces participants to the key skills and tools needed to carry out computational science and engineering research on leading-edge supercomputers

July 31, 2015
  • PI-AIMD simulation of solvated hydroxide ion

ALCC program announces 24 projects at ALCF

The U.S. Department of Energy’s ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) has awarded 24 projects a total of 1.7 billion core-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

July 01, 2015
  • Margaret Butler Celebration

Argonne celebrates Margaret Butler at inaugural event

On June 11, Argonne National Laboratory held a special event to commemorate the extraordinary life and career of Margaret Butler, a pioneering Argonne scientist who paved the way for countless women to follow in her footsteps.

Presented by the ALCF and Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) program, the inaugural “Margaret Butler Celebration of Women in Computational Science and Nuclear Engineering” consisted of speakers, a poster session, and a reception to highlight Margaret’s achievements and her enduring impact on women in science today.

June 17, 2015
  • Cooley

ALCF’s new visualization and analysis cluster brings significant boost in memory capacity

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility, has officially launched Cooley, a new visualization and analysis cluster with nearly eight times the memory capacity of the facility’s previous system, Tukey.

The new system’s significant boost in memory, along with its state-of-the-art hardware, will help facility users to better analyze and explore the massive datasets that result from their simulations on Mira, the ALCF’s 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer.

June 02, 2015