Feature Stories

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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
Division Director Mathematics and Computer Science Division

Argonne National Laboratory seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for the position of director of the Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division. Argonne is one of the preeminent multidisciplinary research facilities in the country and is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by UChicago, Argonne, LLC.

December 3, 2010
Why America Needs a 21st Century Power Grid

Director Eric Isaacs's article for the Huffington Post on the need to upgrade our nation's power grid. Isaacs discusses why we need to make the investment in revamping and redesigning our power grid infrastructure for long-distance transmission of renewable electricity.

December 26, 2010
Sharpening up legacy codes

A team from Argonne National Laboratory in the USA is developing a modern set of exascale computing simulation tools for the design and study of liquid-metal-cooled fast reactors. The simulation-based high-efficiency advanced reactor prototyping (SHARP) project at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is a multidivisional, collaborative effort to develop a modern set of design and analysis tools for liquid-metal-cooled fast reactors. The project’s modular approach allows users to attach new modules to legacy reactor analysis codes, thereby avoiding costly rewriting of codes while enabling the incorporation of new physics modules.

January 21, 2011
DOE Research Group Makes Case for Exascale

Exascale computing promises incredible science breakthroughs, but it won't come easily, and it won't come free. That's the premise of a feature story from the DOE's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, whose mission it is "to discover, develop, and deploy the computational and networking tools that enable researchers in the scientific disciplines to analyze, model, simulate, and predict complex phenomena important to the Department of Energy."

The article makes the case for exascale computing, citing some of the scientific breakthroughs that such a leap would enable, such as precise long-range weather forecasting, innovative alternative fuels and advances in disease research. The ability to represent many more variables will lead to more realistic models. For example, future researchers will be able to create a global climate model with a level of resolution that is now only possible for regional studies.

February 21, 2011
2011 CI Speaker Series: Computation Knowledge Synthesis

A 2011 Computation Institute Speaker Series that highlights advances in the use of computation to reason over human knowledge and generate path-breaking insights, hypotheses and conclusions.

February 25, 2011
Argonne Talks Exascale - and Mira

Recently, Argonne has been in the news with "Mira" -- the anticipated 10-petaFLOPS IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer expected to go online in 2012. To get a better understanding of what Mira is all about, and what it means for exascale computing, we interviewed Mike Papka, the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory, Acting Division Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, and Senior Fellow in the Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago Computation Institute.

March 24, 2011