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Mar 8, 2019

From Atoms to Astronomy, HPC Is Redefining Scientific Research


From the wonders of the universe to the intricacies of the atom, scientists use sophisticated simulations to further their research. And, not surprisingly, HPC is playing a key role – as it is, increasingly, in every scientific field. In an interview for SC19, Argonne's Katrin Heitmann discusses...

Mar 7, 2019

Software Innovation Boost Efficiency for World’s Fastest Supercomputers

R&D Magazine

Darshan is an Argonne-developed software tool designed to allow researchers to measure and assess the performance of their supercomputers’ input/output (I/O) processes, providing a clear picture of their machines’ behavior that can help diagnose potential problems and determine best uses for HPC...

Mar 6, 2019

With supercomputers, scientists find promising new materials for solar cells

PV Buzz

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge used the ALCF's Theta supercomputer to carry out a novel “design to device” approach to identify promising materials for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

Mar 6, 2019

Supercomputer scientists dye-ing to test new cell materials

pv magazine

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, USA, have used machine learning techniques to identify optimal materials for dye sensitized solar cells. Beginning with a list of more than 10,000 candidates, the technique identified five materials for synthesis and testing that best fit...

Mar 6, 2019

Scientists use machine learning to identify high-performing solar materials

Finding the best light-harvesting chemicals for use in solar cells can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Over the years, researchers have developed and tested thousands of different dyes and pigments to see how they absorb sunlight and convert it to electricity. Sorting through all...

Mar 5, 2019

Scientists hunt for new light-harvesting chemical for more effective solar panels

UK Research and Innovation

An international team of scientists is hunting for new, organic light-harvesting chemicals to make solar panels that are both more effective at creating electricity and are environmentally friendly. The team identifited five high-performing dye candidates by harnessing the power of ALCF...

Feb 28, 2019

Why it takes a supercomputer to map a mouse brain

The Verge

Inside a 25,000 square foot room within Argonne National Laboratory one of the most formidable supercomputers in the world — Theta — is applying its incredible computing power to the largest batch of data ever recorded or analyzed. It’s information that researchers hope might one day contribute...

Feb 12, 2019

Argonne Looks to Singularity for HPC Code Portability


Scaling code for massively parallel architectures is a common challenge the scientific community faces. When moving from a system used for development—a personal laptop, for instance, or even a university’s computing cluster—to a large-scale supercomputer like those housed at the Argonne...

Feb 11, 2019

The Vision of Exascale Computing is Drawing Closer to Reality

Exascale Computing Project

The start of a new year inherently evokes a sense of anticipation of what exciting accomplishments and experiences may lie ahead. The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has some particularly compelling reasons to feel energized and uplifted.

Feb 8, 2019

ALCF Research Benefits from Singularity


To help alleviate challenges associated with scaling code, the ALCF has deployed the service Singularity. Singularity, an open-source framework originally developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and now supported by Sylabs Inc., is a tool for creating and running containers (...