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Aug 17, 2014

Argonne helping quieter jet engines take off

Chicago Tribune

Downstream from the noisiest places in Chicago — the runways at O'Hare International Airport and the surrounding sky — scientists at a government laboratory are quietly working to understand at the most detailed level why jet engines are so loud and what might be done to reduce the annoying...

Aug 7, 2014

Hydrogen Fuel From Water & Sunlight?

Fleets & Fuels

Giulia Galli, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering, is leading a project at ALCF, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, to advance the understanding of photoelectrochemical water splitting.

Aug 6, 2014

Weathering the Flood of Big Data in Climate Research

Scientific Computing

[With optimizations provided by ALCF experts], Prabhat’s job ran simultaneously on 750,000 of Mira’s 786,432 processor-cores. In just an hour and a half, he used 1 million processor hours. “In one shot, I obtained statistics about extratropical cyclones for every ensemble run in CMIP5 – this...

Aug 5, 2014

Mira IBM Supercomputer Used for Artificial Photosynthesis

BlogNotions Energy Blog

University of Chicago researchers are using Mira, a 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer to study artificial photosynthesis. The idea is to study how to use cheap, abundant and non-toxic materials in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell to split water into hydrogen and oxygen with the focus...

Jul 29, 2014

Argonne HPC Training for the Next Generation of Scientists


The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) starts next month. Its organizer, Paul Messina, ALCF Director of Science, calls on more institutions to offer such training but also to influence university curricula.

Jul 29, 2014

Communication-optimal algorithms for contracting distributed tensors
Tensor contractions, generalized matrix multiplications that are time-consuming to calculate, make them among the most compute-intensive operations in several ab initio computational quantum chemistry methods. Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and The Ohio State University...
Jul 16, 2014

New Argonne initiative to examine the details of the combustion process

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne's new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) is the first and only source in the world for high-fidelity, three-dimensional, end-to-end combustion engine simulation/visualization and simultaneous powertrain and fuel simulation, with uncertainty analysis. In the...

Jul 14, 2014

Finding the next cure? Maybe 1 million hours of supercomputer time will help

WRAL TechWire

Cloud Pharmaceuticals announced Monday the expansion of its drug design and development program, and that the company has been granted supercomputing time at Argonne National Laboratory to design inhibitors of multiple parasitic targets.

Through a discretionary allocation of 1...

Jul 7, 2014

Jet Engine Noise Research Takes Off


For people living near large international airports, loud aircraft noise is a never-ending nuisance. The noise pollution has even been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Some airports are helping pay for the sound-proofing of area homes, but the makers of these engines so...

Jul 1, 2014

Top 500 List Recognizes Fastest Supercomputers

Breaking Energy

At the Energy Department’s National Labs, big science requires big resources, and supercomputers are no exception. Twice a year, scientists issue the list of the top 500 fastest supercomputers in the world. In the most recent ranking, released just last week, the Energy Department’s National...