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Primeur weekly 2018-11-26

Focus

European Open Science Cloud catalogue for HPC: more animation than information ...

Exascale supercomputing

Bringing European parallel programming technology to the Exascale era ...

Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab share 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Portugal supports Spanish application for pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Spotting nature's own evolution of quantum tricks could transform quantum technology ...

Quantum artificial life created on the cloud ...

Quantum Machines raises $5.5 million to develop next generation of systems for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center provides services to European Open Science Cloud portal ...

European Open Science Cloud Portal is now up and running ...

Atos was chosen to deliver Finland’s next supercomputer ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing sponsors Research Paper Award at ISC19 - Call for Papers is open ...

Middleware

Astronomy and particle physics combine forces for European Open Science Cloud ...

Hardware

Meet Michael, the supercomputer designed to accelerate UK research for EV batteries ...

Atos supports Indian government in its National Supercomputing Mission ...

LINE Corporation collaborates with Mellanox and Cumulus Networks to power advanced messaging platform ...

Dell EMC gains high performance computing momentum and expands portfolio ...

DOE machines dominate record-breaking SC18 ...

Supermicro extends industry-leading portfolio of NVIDIA GPU servers with new systems at GTC China ...

NVIDIA Turing T4 Cloud GPU adoption accelerates ...

Applications

Encouraging prospects for moon hunters ...

INCITE grants awarded to 62 computational research projects ...

NCSA's Student Cluster Competition team places third at SC18 ...

Call for HPC for Energy Innovation proposals ...

NVIDIA HGX-2 GPU-accelerated platform gains broad adoption ...

INCITE grants awarded to 62 computational research projects


Occidental College researcher Janet Scheel will use ALCF computing resources for her 2019 INCITE project "Towards Ultimate Rayleigh-Benard Convection". This image shows temperatures (dark red corresponds to higher temperature and white to lower temperatures) near the bottom plate for Rayleigh-Benard Convection flow in a cylindrical container. Turbulent convection is an important area of research in fluid dynamics with applications to diverse phenomena in nature and technology, ranging from chip cooling devices and heat exchangers in power plants to convection in the Earth's atmosphere, core and oceans. Image by Technische Universitaet Ilmenau / Joerg Schumacher.
12 Nov 2018 Argonne - The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science announced 62 projects for 2019 aimed at accelerating discovery and innovation to address some of the world's most challenging science problems through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) programme. Deploying on supercomputers that rank among the country's most powerful, the projects originate in national laboratories, academia, and industry, and encompass a remarkable range of scientific inquiry.

The awards allocate the resources of the DOE Leadership Computing Facilities at DOE's Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The two centres jointly manage the INCITE programme as a principal conduit for their dedication to open science. As the primary means to access the facilities' computing resources, INCITE proposals are awarded on a highly competitive basis. Projects span disciplines ranging from high-energy physics and materials science to biochemistry and engineering. Computational and domain scientists at the facilities partner with investigators to develop new computational methods, assist and optimize code development, streamline workflows, analyze and visualize data, and troubleshoot glitches.

"The breakthroughs these projects could affect have the potential to fundamentally alter the scientific landscape as we know it. Some of them will build on previous research to move in new and exciting directions, while others are wholly original", stated Michael E. Papka, director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. "However, because of their scale, these problems really cannot be tackled elsewhere. And the world-class expertise of our staff is as essential to the success of this work as the machines themselves."

"The array of projects we have lined up for 2019 continues to reflect a computational portfolio aimed at making major scientific advances across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines", stated James Hack, director of the National Center for Computational Sciences, which houses the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. "We look forward to enabling some of the most sophisticated computational science research occurring anywhere in the world."

The INCITE programme commenced in 2004 with three inaugural projects totaling five million core hours. Since then, the ALCF and OLCF have continuously undergone significant upgrades to retain their edge in facilitating the most computationally demanding scientific projects. The ALCF's most recent machine is Theta, an 11.69-petaflop Cray XC40 system with 280,000-plus cores to make it ideal for research at the nexus of simulation, data science, and machine learning. An even more powerful system, the exascale Aurora, is planned for deployment in 2021 and is projected to be capable of a quintillion (one billion billion) calculations per second.

The OLCF, meanwhile, boasts the 27-petaflop Titan supercomputer, a Cray XK7 hybrid system powered by both CPUs and GPUs across nearly 19,000 nodes. Most importantly, beginning in January 2019, OLCF's new 200-petaflop supercomputer, Summit, an IBM AC922 machine, will be available to users for the first time during this INCITE allocation cycle.

For a complete list of 2019 INCITE awards, you can visit the INCITE website.

Highlights of the 2019 allocations include:

  • Alexander Tchekhovskoy from Northwestern University received 850,000 Summit node-hours to address two longstanding mysteries in astrophysics: how neutron star collisions produce heavy elements like gold and platinum, and how black holes break up red-hot disks of gas feeding them.
  • Sean Dettrick from TAE Technologies received 750,000 Theta node-hours to perform simulations that will accelerate the company's experimental research programme in the magnetic confinement of plasmas, with the goal of creating a clean, commercially viable, fusion-based electricity generator.
  • Ron Dror from Stanford University received 4,540,000 Titan node-hours and 400,000 Summit node-hours to reveal how drug receptors select which signaling proteins to activate so as to enable the development of finely tuned medicines that yield desired effects with fewer side effects.
  • Janet Scheel from Occidental College received 12,500,000 Mira node-hours to simulate turbulent heated convection in air at the highest Rayleigh numbers ever obtained in a direct numerical simulation. The results will shed light on the ultimate régime of convective turbulence where there should be significantly enhanced heat transport.
  • Dario Alfe from University College London received 1,210,000 Titan node-hours and 40,000 Summit node-hours to perform quantum Monte Carlo simulations that will provide high-accuracy data for the adsorption of water on graphene. This data will have applications in water purification, desalinisation and drug delivery.
  • Aleksandr Obabko from Argonne received 17,700,000 Mira node-hours for thermal-hydraulics simulations of nuclear reactors to enable better reactor designs.

The INCITE programme promotes transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of time on state-of-the-art supercomputers. For more information, you can visit the INCITE programme website.

Source: Argonne National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-11-26

Focus

European Open Science Cloud catalogue for HPC: more animation than information ...

Exascale supercomputing

Bringing European parallel programming technology to the Exascale era ...

Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab share 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize ...

Portugal supports Spanish application for pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Spotting nature's own evolution of quantum tricks could transform quantum technology ...

Quantum artificial life created on the cloud ...

Quantum Machines raises $5.5 million to develop next generation of systems for quantum computers ...

Focus on Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center provides services to European Open Science Cloud portal ...

European Open Science Cloud Portal is now up and running ...

Atos was chosen to deliver Finland’s next supercomputer ...

Gauss Centre for Supercomputing sponsors Research Paper Award at ISC19 - Call for Papers is open ...

Middleware

Astronomy and particle physics combine forces for European Open Science Cloud ...

Hardware

Meet Michael, the supercomputer designed to accelerate UK research for EV batteries ...

Atos supports Indian government in its National Supercomputing Mission ...

LINE Corporation collaborates with Mellanox and Cumulus Networks to power advanced messaging platform ...

Dell EMC gains high performance computing momentum and expands portfolio ...

DOE machines dominate record-breaking SC18 ...

Supermicro extends industry-leading portfolio of NVIDIA GPU servers with new systems at GTC China ...

NVIDIA Turing T4 Cloud GPU adoption accelerates ...

Applications

Encouraging prospects for moon hunters ...

INCITE grants awarded to 62 computational research projects ...

NCSA's Student Cluster Competition team places third at SC18 ...

Call for HPC for Energy Innovation proposals ...

NVIDIA HGX-2 GPU-accelerated platform gains broad adoption ...