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ALCF Early Science Program to Award Cycles on Next-Generation IBM Blue Gene

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility is now accepting proposals for time allocations on its next-generation, 10 petaflop IBM Blue Gene system. Allocations through the Early Science Program (ESP) are for preproduction hours (between system installation and full production) beginning in early 2012. More than four billion core hours are available.

February 1, 2010
Bringing LHC data to US Tier-3s

The Open Science Grid is aiding physicists at over 40 Tier-3 centers nationwide to get set up on a grid to get access to data from the Large Hadron Collider. The new US Tier-3 centers – evenly split between the ATLAS and the Compact Muon Solenoid experiments – have each received about $30,000 in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Physicists scattered around the country will be able to use them to do their own analysis of data generated by two of the LHC experiments.

February 10, 2010
INCITE 2011 Call for Proposals

For the eighth consecutive year, the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program invites proposals for large-scale, computationally intensive research projects to run at America's premier leadership computing facility (LCF) centers, established and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The INCITE program awards sizeable allocations on some of the world's most powerful supercomputers to address grand challenges in science and engineering, such as developing new energy solutions and gaining a better understanding of climate change resulting from energy use.

April 15, 2010
Magellan explores scientific clouds -- scientifically

“Cloud computing has become a very exciting new field with several companies making offerings that are already being used by scientists around the world,” said Pete Beckman, director of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and leader of the ALCF Magellan team. “The question the Department of Energy has is pretty straightforward: what kind of science can be done on clouds, and are there specializations or customizations that we can do on the software to get more science out of clouds?”

May 19, 2010
DOE launches Institute for Computing in Science at Argonne

The inaugural summer program of the Institute for Computing in Science (ICiS) commenced at July 17 in Snowbird, Utah, with a series of four one-week workshops.

July 12, 2010
DOE awards Argonne projects 200 million hours of supercomputer time

Five researchers at Argonne National Laboratory will lead projects that have been awarded almost 200 million processor-hours of computing time at Argonne’s Leadership Computing Facility.

July 28, 2010
Winding path leads to fluid career

Paul Fischer's fascination with science, mathematics and engineering have landed him in a position to work with the world's most powerful computers.

September 20, 2010
Victor Zavala, an Argonne computational mathematician, is helping to develop optimization models to improve building energy efficiency.
BuildingIQ makes Argonne smarter about energy management

Victor Zavala is leading a pilot project with BuildingIQ, an energy management software company, which allows him to use his training to improve energy performance at Argonne's Theory and Computing Sciences building.

September 29, 2010
Why America must win the supercomputing race

The United States cannot afford to take a back seat in computer technology to the Chinese, or to anyone else. The nation that leads the world in high-performance computing will have an enormous competitive advantage in every sector, including national defense, medicine, energy, environment, finance, manufacturing and product development.

November 18, 2010
These high core count experimental chips from Intel could provide one path to exascale computing—in which computers would perform one quintillion operations per second. Photo by Intel Corporation.
New institute to tackle exascale computing

Renowned supercomputing expert Pete Beckman has been named director of a newly created Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at Argonne National Laboratory.

November 19, 2010