MCS Division researchers awarded INCITE supercomputing time

November 21, 2013

Three researchers in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne lead projects that have been awarded a total of 285 million hours of computing time on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leadership-class computing facilities. Using the computer allotments, the researchers will conduct advanced simulation and analysis and will develop scalable system software needed to fully utilize the power of leadership-class computing facilities.    

The projects, selected competitively based on their potential to advance scientific discovery, were awarded the supercomputer time through the DOE Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program.

Salman Habib, a senior physicist and computational scientist and member of Argonne’s High Energy Physics and MCS Divisions, will conduct state-of-the-art simulations to predict the formation of structure in the universe. The new project, to be carried out on both the Argonne Blue Gene/Q “Mira”  (100 million processor hours) and the Oak Ridge Cray XT (100 million processor hours), will accurately characterize key quantities of the universe’s geometry, such as spatial statistics of the distribution of mass and the sum of neutrino masses and how they impact cosmic evolution and structure formation

Paul Fischer, a senior computational scientist, was awarded 60 million processor hours on Mira to continue his work in modeling thermal-hydraulics in next-generation reactors, focusing on verification, validation, and co-design. Fischer will head a team of researchers from Argonne’s MCS Division and Nuclear Engineering Division.

Robert Latham, a software development specialist, was awarded 25 million processor hours on the Blue Gene/Q to continue his study of scalable system software for parallel programming. Latham will lead a team of MCS Division researchers seeking to improve the performance and productivity of key system software in four areas: message-passing libraries, parallel input/output, data analysis and visualization, and operating systems on leadership-class computer systems.

MCS Division researchers will also participate in four other INCITE projects. Three of the projects are new, and one is a renewal.

  • Venkatram Vishwanath will be a co-investigator on a new project to conduct simulations of high-speed combustion and detonation. The project, led by the University of Chicago, was awarded 150 million processor hours on the Argonne Mira system.
  • Robert Jacob will work with colleagues from several other national laboratories in cutting-edge climate science research. The new project—awarded 100 million processor hours on the Cray XK7 and 50 million processor hours on Mira—will use the most recent versions of the Community Earth System Model to conduct simulations spanning local to global scales in order to quantify the interactions among fast and slow processes in the climate systems.
  • Paul Fischer will participate in a new study involving direct numerical simulation of forced and compression ignition in spherical and engine-like geometries. The project, led by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, has been allocated 100 million processor hours on Mira.
  • Pete Beckman will continue development of a Performance Evaluation and Analysis Consortium (PEAC) end station. The project, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be conducted by using both the Argonne Mira (30 million processor hours) and the Cray XK7 (45 million processor hours).

The INCITE program was established by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science a decade ago to support computationally intensive, large-scale research projects leading to transformational scientific discoveries.