Early Science Program Investigators Meeting


Join us for an exploration of research showcasing the power and promise of Mira, the ALCF’s new 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, demonstrated not with benchmarks and specifications, but through ambitious scientific computations enabled by the ALCF’s Early Science Program (ESP).

Investigators from each of the 16 ESP projects will overview their simulation campaigns on Mira, and the scientific discovery in progress—including simulations unprecedented in scale, scope, or complexity—from projects covering a wide range of scientific disciplines and numerical methods.

If you have an interest in burgeoning, large-scale computational science, we hope you will be intrigued and inspired by these stories from the forefront. The ALCF is pleased to offer this event at no cost to the scientific community.


If you will be at Argonne for the symposium on Thirty Years of Parallel Computing at Argonne (May 14 - 15), we encourage you to stay for the Early Science Program Investigators Meeting to get an inkling of what the next few years in scientific computing will bring. For more information about the Thirty Years of Parallel Computing at Argonne, click HERE.

Wednesday, May 15
12:30 PM Shuttle from ANL Guest House to Building 240
12:55 – 1:00 pm Welcome Tim Williams (ALCF)
1:00 – 1:30 pm Petascale, Adaptive CFD (project) Michel Rasquin (ALCF)
1:30 – 2:00 pm Direct Numerical Simulation of Autoignition in a Jet in a Cross-Flow (project) Ammar Abdilghanie (ALCF)
2:00 – 2:30 pm High-Speed Combustion and Detonation (HSCD) (project) Alexei Khokhlov (U. Chicago)
2:30 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 3:30 pm Petascale Direct Numerical Simulations of Turbulent Channel Flow (project) M. K. Lee (U. Texas)
3:30 – 4:00 pm Cosmic Structure Probes of the Dark Universe (movie) (project) Katrin Heitmann (ANL)
4:00 – 4:30 pm Petascale Simulations of Turbulent Nuclear Combustion (project) Carlo Graziani (U. Chicago)
5:00 PM Shuttle from Building 240 to ANL Guest House
5:15 PM Final shuttle from Building 240 to ANL Guest House
Thursday, May 16
8:00 AM 1st shuttle from ANL Guest House to Building 240
8:15 AM 2nd shuttle from ANL Guest House to Building 240
8:30 – 9:00 am Continental breakfast
8:55 – 9:00 am Welcome Tim Williams (ALCF)
9:00 – 9:30 am Accurate Numerical Simulations Of Chemical Phenomena Involved in Energy Production and Storage with MADNESS and MPQC (project) Jeff Hammond (ALCF)
9:30 – 10:00 am High Accuracy Predictions of the Bulk Properties of Water (project) Spencer Pruitt (Iowa State U.)
10:00 – 10:30 am Global Simulation of Plasma Microturbulence at the Petascale & Beyond (project) William Tang (Princeton U., PPPL)
10:30 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 – 11:30 am Climate-Weather Modeling Studies Using a Prototype Global Cloud-System Resolving Model (project) Christopher Kerr (GFDL)
11:30 – 12:00 pm Using Multi-scale Dynamic Rupture Models to Improve Ground Motion Estimates (project) Philip Maechling (USC)
12:00 – 1:00 pm Discussion: Next steps for ESP Williams
1:00– 1:30 pm Materials Design and Discovery: Catalysis and Energy Storage (project) Nichols Romero (ALCF)
1:30– 2:00 pm NAMD - The Engine for Large-Scale Classical MD Simulations of Biomolecular Systems Based on a Polarizable Force Field (project) Yun Luo (ALCF)
2:00– 2:30 pm Multiscale Molecular Simulations at the Petascale (project) Chris Knight (ANL, Computation Institute)
2:30 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00– 3:30 pm Ab-initio Reaction Calculations for Carbon-12 (project) Alessandro Lovato (ALCF)
3:30– 4:00 pm Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (project) Robert Mawhinney (Columbia U.)
No shuttle from Building 240 to ANL Guest House; leave directly from 240


Registration for the workshop does not reserve your hotel room. Please contact the Argonne Guest House directly at 630.739.6000.

Gate passes may be used only to gain site access for the person to whom the pass was issued.

All guests staying at the Argonne Guest House must obtain a gate pass. Non-U.S. citizen guests require additional documentation processing. If someone is accompanying you to this workshop, please email ESPworkshop@alcf.anl.gov for your guest’s gate pass. Visitors, except Argonne Guest House or Lodging residents, may not authorize site access or issuance of a gate pass for any other person.

This workshop is being held in TCS building 240, Conference Room 1416

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Presentation slides are linked from the titles in the Agenda above; they are also available on our presentations page. Any presentations without links are awaiting approval and/or scrubbing of pre-publication content before posting to the web.