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Peter Beckman has been named director of the Leadership Computing Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.
Beckman named director of Argonne's Leadership Computing Facility

ARGONNE, Ill. — Peter Beckman has been named director of the Leadership Computing Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.

November 18, 2008
Computation Institute to bulk up data analysis capability with $1.5 million grant

The Computation Institute, a joint effort of the University of Chicago and the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, has received

August 5, 2008
Images from a large, 3-D, multi-scale, multi-physics simulation of buoyancy-driven turbulent nuclear combustion carried out on the Intrepid supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. The three frames show different physical properties of the reactive flow, which provide different insights into its nature. In the simulation, an initially planar flame surface with a multi-mode sinusoidal perturbation burns its way upward through a stratified medium under density and pressure conditions that are characteristic of the degenerate material near the center of a near-Chandrasekhar mass carbon/oxygen white dwarf star. Gravity is directed downward. The left image shows the flame surface, which is tracked using a scalar advection-diffusion-reaction equation. The middle frame shows a volume rendering of the velocity field that is generated at the flame surface; the magnitude of the turbulent velocities decreases behind the flame front over a length scale that is comparable to the size of the largest eddies in the flow. The right frame shows the kinetic energy the flame generates. This work was carried out by the DOE NNSA ASC/Alliance Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes and the NSF Physics Frontier Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics at The University of Chicago. The computational resources needed to do the simulation were awarded to the Flash Center under the DOE Office of Science INCITE program. The images were produced by the Futures Lab at Argonne National Laboratory.
Installation of leading-edge data analytics, visualization set for world's fastest open science supercomputer

ARGONNE, Ill. – The IBM Blue Gene/P Intrepid at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), located at the U.S.

July 22, 2008
Argonne National Laboratory's IBM Blue Gene/P high-performance computing system is the fastest supercomputer in the world for open science, according to the semiannual Top500 List of the world's fastest computers.
Argonne's supercomputer named world's fastest for open science, third overall

ARGONNE, Ill. — The U.S.

June 18, 2008
Argonne environmental scientist Rao Kotamarthi sits next to some of his computer-generated models of atmospheric pollutants. Kotamarthi and his colleagues devised a new mathematical method that incorporates observational data more accurately and efficiently into simulations. Argonne National Laboratory photo by George Joch.
New Argonne algorithm increases accuracy of air-pollution predictions

Scientists, city officials and regulators all desire an effective and accurate way not only to measure air quality but also to predict where pollution "hot spots" will occur and plan for additional control strategies. Environmental scientist Rao Kotamarthi helped to develop a computer algorithm that quickly and accurately assimilates observational data into climate models to generate more reliable forecasts.

May 23, 2008
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (left), Ray Orbach, the U.S. Department of Energy's Under Secretary for Science, and Argonne National Laboratory Director Robert Rosner prepare to dedicate the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility by running a simulation on the facility's new BlueGene/P supercomputer.
DOE dedicates Argonne Leadership Computing Facility

Argonne National Laboratory today celebrated the dedication of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility during a ceremony attended by key federal, state and local officials.

April 21, 2008
Bioinformatics technology developed at Argonne provides new insight into microbial activities

Scientists may gain a new insight into the relationship between viruses and their environments thanks to a new computational technology developed by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory.

March 14, 2008
Argonne's Blue Gene/P to host large cadre of INCITE researchers

Twenty research projects have been awarded more than 111 million hours of computing time at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne.

January 17, 2008
An Eddy Flux tower, powered by solar energy, located at a soybean field at Fermilab is measuring the exchange of carbon dioxide between plants and soil and the atmosphere to study the carbon balance of agricultural fields typical of the U.S. Midwest.
Argonne, UIC researchers get the dirt on prairie soil

Researchers from Argonne and the University of Illinois at Chicago have dug up some interesting dirt on prairie soil and certain crops and grasses common to the central Midwest.

December 7, 2007
Ray Bair, Director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, supervises installation of a new IBM Blue Gene/P system. Photo by George Joch.
Powerful Blue Gene/P supercomputer at Argonne to address most-challenging science problems

One of the world's fastest supercomputers will soon reside at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility at Argonne National Laboratory, thanks to a recently completed contract for the acquisition of a 445-teraflops IBM Blue Gene/P cluster.

November 9, 2007