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Aug 5, 2013

Parallel Supercomputing: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subj

From the early days of the industry, supercomputers have been pushing the boundaries of IT, identifying the key barriers to overcome and experimenting with technologies and architectures that are then incorporated into the overall...

Aug 1, 2013

Argonne Releases More Details on Argo OS for Exascale

Argonne National Laboratory is working on a prototype Exascale operating system called Argo. This week, Argonne announced it has been awarded a $9.75 million grant from the DOE Office of Science to lead this multi-institutional research project.

Jul 31, 2013

A Sneak Peek at the Next-Gen Exascale Operating System


There are several scattered pieces in the exascale software stack being developed and clicked together worldwide. Central to that jigsaw effort is the eventual operating system to power such machines.

This week the Department of Energy snapped in a $9.75 million investment to help round...

Jul 24, 2013

Meet Mira, the world's fifth fastest supercomputer

LEMONT – When Argonne National Laboratory held a dedication for its new supercomputer on July 1, it was the culmination of almost 10 years of work.

Mira, the fifth fastest supercomputer in the world, is an IBM Blue Gene/Q system consisting of 48 racks of computers and 786,432...

Jul 18, 2013

Senator Says U.S. Congress Doesn't 'Get' Supercomputers


Supercomputers are clearly important to the ability of the U.S. to compete on the global stage, but some members of Congress don't understand that, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said at the recent dedication of Mira, the IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer installed last year at the Argonne National...

Jul 18, 2013

Simulation research projects receive 809 million supercomputing core-hours

Scientific Computing World

Thirteen new projects pursuing ‘high-risk, high-payoff’ simulation research in energy-mission areas and national emergency mitigation at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) have been awarded 809 million supercomputing core-hours by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced...

Jul 17, 2013

DOE appeal: Breaking exaflop barrier will require more funding

The Business of Federal Technology

Department of Energy-funded supercomputers were the first to crack the teraflop- (1997) and petaflop (2008) barriers, but the United States is not likely to be the first nation to break the exaflop barrier without significant increases in DOE funding.

That projection is underscored by...

Jul 16, 2013

US Unveils Green Supercomputer

Voice of America
CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago is home to one of the newest, fastest, most efficient supercomputers in the country, called MIRA.  But despite the new equipment, lawmakers are concerned...
Jul 15, 2013

Cultural heritage a small piece of Argonne's workload

Chicago Tribune

With the dedication of Mira, a supercomputer capable of 10 quadrillion calculations per second. Twenty times faster than its predecessor, Mira is the fifth-fastest supercomputer in the world, Argonne officials said. It will yield better simulations and more accurate predictions, officials added...

Jul 8, 2013

Mira Supercomputer Powers Collaborations in Research

The University of Chicago

The supercomputer called Mira at Argonne National Laboratory is something of a time machine.

Mira, the fifth-fastest supercomputer on Earth, can simulate everything from the earliest evolution of the universe to the future effects of climate change. It also can compress time by churning...