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Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director


Doug Kothe, ECP Director
20 Sep 2017 Oak Ridge - The Department of Energy's (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Doug Kothe as its new director effective October 1, 2017. He replaces Paul Messina, who is stepping down after two years to return to Argonne National Laboratory.

Doug Kothe is a 32-year veteran of DOE's National Laboratory System. He most recently served in Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate and as the applications development lead for ECP. For the preceding five years, he led the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, DOE's first Energy Innovation Hub, which uses supercomputers to improve nuclear reactor performance.

"Doug's credentials in this area and familiarity with every aspect of the ECP make him the ideal person to build on the project’s strong momentum", stated Bill Goldstein, director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and chairman of the ECP Board of Directors, which hired Doug Kothe.

Doug Kothe will be based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), host of the ECP project office, where he will report to ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. "Doug knows how to build strong collaborations across diverse disciplines and institutions - often among people who are typically competitors", Thomas Zacharia stated. "ECP's success will require labs, companies, and universities to work together to accomplish something they can't do alone: Building applications, software, and driving the hardware R&D that will enable the first U.S. exascale systems."

Global competition is challenging U.S. leadership in high-performance computing, which has become a critical tool for accelerating solutions to problems in both science and industry. Other countries are making significant investments in both technology and research, seeking an advantage in the ongoing competition in HPC systems and software.

Exascale is the next level of performance for HPC. Today's petascale systems are measured in quadrillions (1015) of calculations per second. Exascale systems will run at quintillions (1018) of calculations per second, more realistically simulating the processes involved in applications such as precision medicine, manufacturing, fuels and energy systems, and the USA's stockpile stewardship programme, as well as the unseen physics at work within materials and the fundamental forces of the universe. Exascale also holds tremendous potential for emerging disciplines such as large-scale data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

The ECP was launched in 2016 as a collaboration between the DOE Office of Science and DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration to provide exascale computing capability that is critical to DOE missions in national security, scientific discovery and economic competitiveness. The collaboration includes experts from six core national laboratories - Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge and Sandia - along with representatives from industry and academia.

Doug Kothe credited his predecessor's leadership. "Paul's management and mentoring of team members during start-up put us on a successful trajectory", Doug Kothe stated. "My confidence going forward reflects the fact that the ECP scientists and engineers who are executing this plan are leaders in the HPC community and among the most talented in the world."

At Argonne, Paul Messina will return to focus on programme development in the Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences Directorate and strategic computational science directions for the lab.

"I'm proud to have helped establish ECP", Paul Messina stated. "It's a fantastic team doing important work. I'm confident that the project will thrive in Doug's capable hands."

Stated Bill Goldstein: "Paul Messina's leadership has been invaluable from day one - from establishing and building the ECP organisation to strategic planning of the projectss deliverables to the execution of this critical national project over the past two years."
Source: Exascale Computing Project - ECP

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...