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Argonne/University of Chicago team wins workshop best paper at SC2016

A team of researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago has received a best paper award at Supercomputing 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. SC is the premier international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.

November 23, 2016
Argonne’s Ian Foster to lead new exascale co-design center

The Co-Design Center for Online Data Analysis and Reduction at the Exascale was named today as one of four co-design centers to be funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project.

November 16, 2016
It takes increasingly powerful computing resources to perform more and more complex simulations of nuclear reactor fuel assemblies. This image shows the coolant-flow pressure distribution in a 217-pin wire-wrapped subassembly. (Image by Paul Fischer)
Exascale Computing Project announces $48 million to establish four exascale co-design centers

DOE’s Exascale Computing Project is announcing it has selected four co-design centers as part of a 4-year $48 million funding award, including one to be led by Argonne.

November 11, 2016
NekCEM/Nek5000 wins 2016 R&D 100 Award

The project NekCEM/Nek5000: Scalable High-Order Simulation Codes has received a 2016 R&D 100 Award.The project NekCEM/Nek5000: Scalable High-Order Simulation Codes has received a 2016 R&D 100 Award, given by R&D Magazine to 100 top new technologies for the year.
Nek5000/NekCEM is a joint effort of Misun Min and her team in Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division in partnership with Paul Fischer (now at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
The NekCEM/Nek5000 high-performance software package allows accurate and efficient simulation of electromagnetics, fluid flow, thermal convection, combustion, and magnetohydrodynamics. A key feature of the package is its ability to run on platforms ranging from PCs to the world's largest parallel computers. NekCEM is used for simulating electromagnetic devices such as solar panels and nanoparticle systems. Nek5000 is designed to simulate fluid flows in applications including nuclear thermal hydraulics in reactor cores, combustion, and ocean currents.
The award was announced at the R&D 100 Awards and Technology Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on November 3.
Argonne received two other 2016 R&D 100 awards. For the full description, see the website

November 10, 2016
Why negative results matter

In a report of the ERROR2015 workshop, which appeared in a special issue of Concurrency and Computing; Practice and Experiences, the authors argued that the failure to report negative results is in itself a failure.

November 9, 2016
MCS researchers play major role at SC16

The Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory are well represented at SC16, the premier annual conference in high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.

November 2, 2016
Foster coedits new book on “Big Data and Social Science”

A new book titled Big Data and Social Science: A Practical Guide to Methods and Tools, edited by Ian Foster, Rayid Ghani, Ron S. Jarmin, Frauke Kreuter and Julia Lane, has been published by CRC Press.

October 27, 2016
Ferrier gives presentation at Argonne’s LDRD Day

Nicola Ferrier, a computer scientist in Argonne’s Mathematics and Computer Science Division, gave a presentation at Argonne’s LDRD Day celebration on Oct. 24.

October 25, 2016
Austin awarded Wilkinson Fellowship

Anthony Austin has been awarded the 2016 J.H. Wilkinson Fellowship in Scientific Computing at Argonne National Laboratory.

October 19, 2016
Catlett named one of Government Technology’s 25 top innovators in the public sector

Charlie Catlett was named one of 25 “Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” by Government Technology magazine.

October 14, 2016