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Mar 26, 2013

Research out to optimize uncertain energy future

DOE ASCR Discovery Kernels

When it comes to the power that keeps our lights on, our food cold and our computers and TVs operating, we don’t want to consider the what ifs: What if the power goes out? What if supply can’t keep up with demand?

“We all know that once you go into what ifs, it’s a big set of what ifs,”...

Mar 25, 2013

Mira: Argonne's Next-Gen Supercomputer

Mira, the new petascale IBM Blue Gene/Q system installed at the ALCF, will usher in a new era of scientific supercomputing. An engineering marvel, the 10-petaflops machine is capable of carrying out 10 quadrillion calculations per second.

Feb 27, 2013

Groundbreaking Astrophysics Accelerated

Scientific Computing World

Scientists who provide insights about the physical world, attempt to answer the “big” questions and address the complex problems of our time have a new high-performance computing (HPC) tool literally at their fingertips. One team of scientists taking advantage of this tool is investigating the...

Jan 16, 2013

DOE to Field Pre-Exascale Supercomputers Within Four Years


The national labs at Oak Ridge (ORNL), Argonne (ANL) and Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) are banding together for their next refresh of supercomputers. In late 2016 or early 2017, all three Department of Energy (DOE) centers are looking to deploy their first 100-plus petaflop systems, which will serve...

Dec 13, 2012

Blood Clots Are Ready for Their Close-Up [Slide Show]

Scientific American

Leopold Grinberg of Brown University and an international team of researchers have used three of the world's fastest supercomputers to create a detailed and sophisticated model of clot formation in an aneurism—a bulging of a vessel wall as it fills with blood. Joseph A. Insley and Michael E....

Nov 29, 2012

Sequoia Supercomputer Runs Cosmology Code at 14 Petaflops


Although Lawrence Livermore Lab's Sequoia supercomputer got knocked of its TOP500 perch a few weeks ago, the DOE machine hosted by National Nuclear Security Administration (...

Nov 20, 2012

Mira the supercomputer


Argonne's new supercomputer, a Blue Gene/Q called Mira, has been ranked the fourth fastest supercomputer in the world as of October 2012. Argonne's new supercomputer won't be in full production until 2013, but it represents such a leap forward that just the first two prototype racks already rank...

Nov 19, 2012

Failed explosions explain most peculiar supernovae

UChicago News

Supercomputer simulations have revealed that a type of oddly dim, exploding star is probably a class of duds—one that could nonetheless throw new light on the mysterious nature...

Nov 16, 2012

SHARP could slash nuclear reactor design costs


Back in the earliest days of nuclear energy, Argonne physicists and engineers used slide rules and their own basic knowledge of reactions and physics to design nuclear power plants. Then, beginning in the early 1960s, they enlisted computers to develop designs with data from experiments and...

Nov 13, 2012

Cray bumps IBM from Top500 supercomputer top spot


IDG News Service - The U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed Titan system, a Cray XK7, has been anointed as the world's fastest supercomputer in the newly released 40th edition of the...