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Jan 4, 2012

Watering the flops

The Economist

Pete Beckman, who leads Argonne's effort to break the exaflops (a billion billion flops) barrier, says that supercomputing, though of little direct relevance to most computer users, is always the first to grapple with many problems that bedevil hardware in data centres, desktops and mobile...

Dec 29, 2011

Formal Analysis of MPI-based Parallel Programs

Communications of the ACM

Most parallel computing applications in high-performance computing use the Message Passing Interface (MPI) API. Given the fundamental importance of parallel computing to science and engineering research, application correctness is paramount. MPI was originally developed around 1993 by the MPI...

Dec 20, 2011

Congress funds exascale computer

Fierce Government

The Energy Department is set to receive full funding for development of a supercomputer three orders of magnitude more powerful than today's most powerful computer--an exascale computer. Under a set of consolidated spending bills for the current fiscal year known as an omnibus, DOE would be able...

Dec 14, 2011

Artificial Intelligence for Quantum Chemistry

Chemistry World
Dec 5, 2011

What a Simple Flame Can Tell Us About Supernovae

Discovery News

Using detailed computer simulations, physicists have been studying one critical transition in particular that could not only improve safety in industrial settings, but could also shed light into the mysterious processes behind Type 1a supernovae. 

Dec 5, 2011

Top Hair-Raising Research Moments

WBEZ Clever Apes

WBEZ's Gabriel Spitzer recently moderated a conversation among four scientists from local institutions, all of whom worked in rather unconventional "labs"--including Argonne research meteorologist Doug Sisterson.

Nov 17, 2011

IBM's Blue Gene/Q; petaflops on low power

EE Times

Perhaps the most poorly kept secret at SC11 was IBM’s official unveiling of its next generation Blue Gene/Q (BGQ) supercomputer, the third generation in its Blue Gene family, with 16 multi-processing core technology and a scalable peak performance of up to 100 petaflops. Unveiling the BGQ on the...

Nov 16, 2011

IBM pushes BlueGene/Q to 100 petaflops

The Register

In February 2009, IBM announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the US Department of Energy's supercomputing centers, was shelling big bucks to build a 20 petaflops machine that is now known as BlueGene/Q. LLNL is where the first two BlueGene many-cored parallel monsters...

Nov 15, 2011

IBM Announces Supercomputer to Propel Sciences Forward

IBM Press Release

IBM today announced its next generation supercomputing project, IBM Blue Gene/Q, will provide an ultra-scale technical computing platform to solve the most challenging problems facing engineers and scientists at faster, more energy efficient, and more reliable rates than ever before. Blue Gene/Q...

Nov 14, 2011

Three DOE Labs Now Connected with Ultra-High Speed Network


The U.S. Department of Energy is now supporting scientific research at unprecedented bandwidth speeds – at least ten times faster than commercial Internet providers – with a new network that connects thousands of researchers using three of the world's top supercomputing centers in California,...