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Register Today for the INCITE Performance Workshop

Advanced Users: Are you ready to step up your application’s performance and scalability?

March 23, 2008
Introduction to Blue Gene/P Workshop

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the Blue Gene Consortium are jointly hosting a Blue Gene/P Porting and Tuning Workshop on March 6 at Argonne National Laboratory. The workshop will provide valuable information on ALCF Blue Gene/P resources and related services, technical details on the IBM Blue Gene/P architecture, as well as hands-on assistance in porting and tuning of applications on the BG/P.

The workshop will offer an excellent opportunity to interact with both ALCF and IBM staff, who can answer any questions that you may have about using the BG/P.

Workshop registration is by invitation only. For more information, contact Chel Lancaster (lancastr@alcf.anl.gov).

March 6, 2008
TeraGrid 08 Call for Participation

The TeraGrid has emerged as a leading comprehensive cyberinfrastructure enabling world-class open computational research. The 3rd annual TeraGrid Conference, TeraGrid ’08, will showcase the capabilities, achievements, and impact of TeraGrid in research and education through presented papers, demonstrations, posters, and visualizations. TG08 will foster collaborations among leading researchers, developers, and educators that build on the growing TeraGrid infrastructure. TG08 will also provide information and training to enable both current and future users to achieve maximum impact in using TeraGrid resources and services.

January 25, 2008
New Theory and Computing Sciences Building to be Constructed at Argonne National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced today that a new Theory and Computing Sciences Building will be constructed at the laboratory, solidifying the fastest growing research program in its history.

Located on the boundary of Argonne's secure perimeter, the approximately 200,000-square-foot facility will be home to more than 600 laboratory employees and will house research groups using one of the fastest computers—the IBM Blue Gene/P—to answer huge scientific questions.

December 4, 2007
Nuclear Energy Research Moves Toward Greater Reliance on Computer Simulation

The Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR) design, which was born at Argonne, is a key part of President Bush's Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, a strategy that will significantly reduce the radioactivity and volume of waste requiring disposal and reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation. SFR designs are safe, capable of reducing the volume and toxicity of nuclear waste, and economically competitive with other electricity sources.

Using internal lab funding initially and GNEP funding more recently, Argonne computational scientists are designing a modern suite of tools called SHARP — Simulation-based High-efficiency Reactor Prototyping, Siegel said. The SHARP toolkit is a collection of individual software components that digitally mimic the physical processes that occur in a nuclear reactor core, including neutron transport, thermal hydraulics and fuel and structure behavior, said Andrew Siegel, a computational scientist at Argonne and the lab's nuclear simulation project leader.

SHARP has been developed to fully leverage Argonne's new Advanced Leadership Computing Facility, which is made up of the Blue Gene/P, an IBM computer that is designed to operate at a sustained rate of 1-petaflop per second and capable of reaching speeds of 3 petaflops.

November 28, 2007
Argonne, Virginia Tech Win Storage Challenge Competition

A team of researchers led by Pavan Balaji of Argonne National Laboratory and Wu Feng of Virginia Tech won an international competition for the most effective approach in using large-scale storage for high-performance computing. The award was presented November 15 at SC|07, the world's premier conference on high- performance computing and networking.

November 26, 2007
Ian Foster, Ti Leggett, Mike Papka, Mike Wilde Win the Analytics Challenge at SC07!

Ian Foster, Ti Leggett, Mike Papka, and Mike Wilde were part of the team that won the Analytics Challenge at SC07 for presenting a new approach for protecting cyberinfrastructure. The project Angle, is led by the National Center for Data Mining (NCDM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and including participants from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Southern California.

November 21, 2007
Argonne National Laboratory at Supercomputing 07

Advanced computing touches almost every area of science today, and its continued integration will strongly influence science of the future. Supercomputing 2007 provides a grand opportunity for Argonne to showcase the laboratory exciting new resources and research results.

November 9, 2007
ParaMEDIC Enables Worldwide Supercomputer for Bioinformatics

ParaMEDIC, a general software-based framework for large-scale distributed computing developed by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Virginia Tech, will have a significant impact on the study of genomics.

November 8, 2007
Argonne's green Blue Gene/P gets more muscle to address most challenging scientific problems

IBM and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory today announced completion of a contract for a 445-teraflops Blue Gene/P system for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF).

As the ALCF's second major acquisition, this enhancement increases the system capability by a factor of five to 556-teraflops. This additional capacity will accelerate the coming era of petascale computation in support of breakthrough science and engineering aimed at solving the nation's most challenging scientific problems.

November 1, 2007