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Exascale supercomputing

Co-design centres to help make next-generation exascale computing a reality ...

Quantum computing

Supercool electrons ...

D-Wave announces D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer and first system order ...

Temporal Defense Systems purchases the first D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing teams up with SGI to co-sponsor UK HPC & Big Data event ...

When life sciences become data sciences ...

PRACE Spring School 2017 - HPC for Life Sciences, registration is open ...

ITER and BSC tighten their collaboration to simulate the process of fusion power generation ...

Netherlands eScience Center to issue annual report ...

Middleware

BSC releases PyCOMPSs version 2.0 as a PIP installable package ...

Hardware

RSC gets the highest Elite status in the Intel Solutions for Lustre Reseller Programme ...

Finding a needle in the ocean ...

GIGABYTE selects Cavium QLogic 10/25GbE FastLinQ technology to power its next generation servers ...

Setting up light paths using the SURFnet Network Dashboard ...

Minerva will calculate gravitational waves faster than the Albert Einstein Institute's previous supercomputer ...

Applications

Big Brother will have some difficulty 'watching you' in future ...

Engineers eat away at Ms. Pac-Man score with artificial player ...

Mummy visualization impresses in computer journal ...

Berkeley launches RISELab, enabling computers to make intelligent real-time decisions ...

Model sheds light on inhibitory neurons' computational role ...

Using Big Data to understand immune system responses ...

Artificial intelligence uncovers new insight into biophysics of cancer ...

PPPL scientist uncovers physics behind plasma-etching process ...

Computer-aided drug design ...

IBM expands choices for PowerAI developers with TensorFlow ...

Hussein Aluie awarded hours on supercomputer at Argonne ...

CWI develops algorithms that shorten response time of ambulance ...

A rising peptide: Supercomputing helps scientists come closer to tailoring drug molecules ...

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Hussein Aluie awarded hours on supercomputer at Argonne


An example of the simulation Hussein Aluie and his Complex Flow team will run on the supercomputer Mira, illustrating hydrodynamic instabilities during ICF. University photo / Hussein Aluie.
23 Jan 2017 Rochester - Most academic grants come with money, but Hussein Aluie has received a research boost that money can't buy. The assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester has been awarded access to Mira - a supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois - to conduct massively parallel simulations. The award would allow Hussein Aluie and his team to utilize 300,000 computers simultaneously to run one of their proposed simulations in under four days, when it would take a desktop computer more than 2000 years to complete.

Hussein Aluie's is one of 55 projects awarded computing time through the U.S. Department of Energy's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, programme.

According to Michael Papka, a director at the Argonne facility that houses the computer, "These computational projects represent the biggest challenges in science and engineering".

Hussein Aluie, who studies fluid dynamics, leads the University's Turbulence and Complex Flow Group. Their project includes running codes to develop a computer model of fluid instabilities that occur during inertial confinement fusion, or ICF. ICF has significant potential as a form of clean energy, but as Hussein Aluie pointed out: "Understanding these instabilities that occur are some of the major barriers for us to realize nuclear fusion as an energy source."

One processing hour amounts to one hour taken by a single computer to finish a task. A typical simulation on Mira running for 1 hour on 100,000 computers - or core processors - simultaneously, ends up consuming 100,000 processing hours.

This award grants Hussein Aluie and his team 47 million processing hours.

In June, Mira was rated the sixth fastest supercomputer in the world, capable of carrying out 10 quadrillion calculations per second on its nearly 800,000 core processors. By comparison, the typical personal computer runs on two core processors.

Hussein Aluie and his Complex Flow Group, composed of two University post-docs and three PhD students, will control from computers in Rochester the programmes they run on Mira at Argonne. In applying for the award, they were required to establish the efficiency and speed of their code, and that they would be able to get the results they were seeking within the time frame of hours allocated.

"We had to demonstrate that we have the experience and personnel in place to run these codes and projects and that the science is worth it", Hussein Aluie stated.

The award carries the possibility of an additional 90 million processor hours in 2018. According to the INCITE programme, "the average INCITE award of time for a single project is equivalent to several million dollars".
Source: University of Rochester

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-01-30

Exascale supercomputing

Co-design centres to help make next-generation exascale computing a reality ...

Quantum computing

Supercool electrons ...

D-Wave announces D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer and first system order ...

Temporal Defense Systems purchases the first D-Wave 2000Q quantum computer ...

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits ...

Focus on Europe

Bright Computing teams up with SGI to co-sponsor UK HPC & Big Data event ...

When life sciences become data sciences ...

PRACE Spring School 2017 - HPC for Life Sciences, registration is open ...

ITER and BSC tighten their collaboration to simulate the process of fusion power generation ...

Netherlands eScience Center to issue annual report ...

Middleware

BSC releases PyCOMPSs version 2.0 as a PIP installable package ...

Hardware

RSC gets the highest Elite status in the Intel Solutions for Lustre Reseller Programme ...

Finding a needle in the ocean ...

GIGABYTE selects Cavium QLogic 10/25GbE FastLinQ technology to power its next generation servers ...

Setting up light paths using the SURFnet Network Dashboard ...

Minerva will calculate gravitational waves faster than the Albert Einstein Institute's previous supercomputer ...

Applications

Big Brother will have some difficulty 'watching you' in future ...

Engineers eat away at Ms. Pac-Man score with artificial player ...

Mummy visualization impresses in computer journal ...

Berkeley launches RISELab, enabling computers to make intelligent real-time decisions ...

Model sheds light on inhibitory neurons' computational role ...

Using Big Data to understand immune system responses ...

Artificial intelligence uncovers new insight into biophysics of cancer ...

PPPL scientist uncovers physics behind plasma-etching process ...

Computer-aided drug design ...

IBM expands choices for PowerAI developers with TensorFlow ...

Hussein Aluie awarded hours on supercomputer at Argonne ...

CWI develops algorithms that shorten response time of ambulance ...

A rising peptide: Supercomputing helps scientists come closer to tailoring drug molecules ...

The Cloud

Oracle expands Startup Accelerator Programme to further promote global Cloud innovation ...

Technical computing hub UberCloud receives funding from Earlybird ...