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  • Dominique Hoskin

ALCF summer student projects tackle real-world problems

Twenty-two students from universities around the country spent their summer at the ALCF, tackling a wide variety of projects that covered everything from HPC system administration and data analytics to computational science and performance engineering. Every summer, the facility solicits student project proposals from staff members who are interested in mentoring. The program culminates with a special symposium in which the students present their project results.

October 04, 2016
  • ATPESC 2016

Argonne’s HPC training program wraps up fourth year; lecture videos now available online

With its fourth year now in the books, the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) brought 65 graduates, postdocs, and researchers together at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois in August for two weeks of instruction on HPC codes, software, and architecture.

October 04, 2016
  • Former Argonne postdoctoral researcher Diana Berman and Argonne nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant, along with several collaborators, developed a new and inexpensive way to grow pure graphene using a diamond substrate.

Diamond proves useful material for growing graphene

A team led by Materials Scientist Anirudha Sumant with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory’s Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) and Materials Science Division, along with collaborators at the University of California-Riverside, has developed a method to grow graphene that contains relatively few impurities and costs less to make, in a shorter time and at lower temperatures compared to the processes widely used to make graphene today.

September 16, 2016

Water helps assembly of biofibers that could capture sunlight

In a study led by Argonne nanoscientist Subramanian Sankaranarayanan and chemist Christopher Fry, both of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, supercomputer simulations and as well as lab-based experiments showed that water serves as an invisible cage for the growth of the micelle fiber.

September 12, 2016
  • kSZ map

In search of a signal

A research team from Argonne National Laboratory and McGill University is performing simulations at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, to construct cosmological maps that will help improve the analysis of data from two of the world’s most powerful astronomical instruments, the Dark Energy Survey and the South Pole Telescope. The enhanced maps will allow scientists to better understand the gravitational forces at work on large-scale structures in the universe—and by extension some of cosmology’s greatest mysteries such as dark energy and dark matter.

September 07, 2016
  • outer rim simulations

Two Argonne-led projects among $39.8 million in first-round Exascale Computing Project awards

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) today announced its first round of funding with the selection of 15 application development proposals for full funding and seven proposals for seed funding, representing teams from 45 research and academic organizations.

September 07, 2016
  • Skip Reddy

Employee Spotlight: Skip Reddy

John "Skip" Reddy is the high-performance computing infrastructure team lead at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), which many researchers rely upon to solve some of the world's largest and most complex problems.

September 06, 2016
  • Theta ESP hands-on workshop

Early science teams prepare for Theta at hands-on workshop

From Aug. 16-19, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility, hosted researchers from its Theta Early Science Program (ESP) for a hands-on workshop to help them port, benchmark, and optimize their applications on the facility’s next-generation Intel-Cray system.

September 06, 2016
  • Susan Coghlan

Two ALCF staff members recognized by Argonne’s Board of Governors

On August 4, Susan Coghlan and John “Skip” Reddy of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) were recognized for their outstanding achievements at the 2016 University of Chicago, Argonne, LLC Board of Governors’ awards ceremony.

August 09, 2016
  • 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