In the News
September 4, 2012
The University of Chicago
"Quest for Higgs boson enters new phase"
Physicists at UChicago and elsewhere have chased the elusive Higgs boson for more than two decades. The University produced many of the leaders in theory and experimentation whose ideas and instruments have shaped the long quest for the crucial particle, at the LHC and at Fermilab near Chicago. Without the Higgs, theorists believe, the universe would contain no atoms, no elements, no stars, and no people. A key element of this exploration will be the grid computing methods developed at UChicago and Argonne National Laboratory, which already have played a critical role in the Higgs search. | read more>
August 1, 2012
"Structural Biology Reveals the Secrets of Disease (Video)"
Andrzej Joachimiak, Director of Argonne's Structural Biology Center, is a biophysicist who works in the area of protein structure, a critical aspect of drug design.
Joachimiak and his team are working to improve
methods that determine protein structures including new techniques in protein production, crystal growth, X-ray crystallographic structure. The Structural Biology Center is a national user facility for macromolecular crystallography at the Advanced Photon source. | read more>
July 26, 2012
Stuck at the Airport travel blog
"Art of Science photos at O’Hare Int’l Airport"
A new exhibit at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport shows us that “in the pursuit of better batteries, cures for diseases, clean energy sources or a better understanding of the world around us, scientists often find unexpected beauty.” You can see some of that unexpected beauty in the photos from Argonne National Laboratory’s annual “Art of Science” photo contest, which are on display through the end of the year in the hallways connecting Terminals 2 and 3 (next to the Rotunda) at O’Hare International Airport. | read more>
July 16, 2012
"U.S. regains supercomputer lead"
The U.S. is once again home to the world's most powerful supercomputer, rebounding after it was knocked out of the top spot by China two years ago and Japan last year. | read more>
July 11, 2012
"Midwest Growing Hub for HPC, Big Data"
The midwest has long had a strong foundation providing supercomputing and HPC expertise to support world-class research. The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility near Chicago and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as just two examples, help power some of the nation’s toughest computational research challenges. | read more>
June 22, 2012
"World's Top Data-Intensive Systems Unveiled"
In addition to coming in at number three on the Top500 supercomputer list this year, the Mira supercomputer also took the top slot on the Graph 500. The Graph 500’s goal it to see how well a machine can deliver very high performance to dense linear algebra (compute-intensive floating-point) calculations. Argonne says that Mira was designed principally to deliver very high performance to such calculations since they are highly correlated to science and engineering applications. | read more>
June 19, 2012
"Intel claims a new chip is first step toward exascale supercomputing"
Intel, whose chips are used in the majority of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers, claimed today that the newly named “Xeon Phi” line of chips (out later this year) is an early stepping stone toward exascale. The Xeon Phi processors are built with the 22nm 3D Tri-gate Transistors that are also used in the consumer-focused Ivy Bridge chips. Xeon Phi will act in a similar way as the NVIDIA GPUs that serve to speed up many of the world’s fastest clusters. That is, it works as a “co-processor” alongside a server CPU to accelerate workloads. You might be able to get to an exaflop just by connecting enough of today’s chips—but it wouldn’t be cost-efficient or energy-efficient, so a new architecture is needed. | read more>
June 18, 2012
"United States Regains Lead with World’s Fastest Supercomputer"
Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that a supercomputer called Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California, received the rank of the world’s most powerful computing system. The Top500 list, which annually ranks the world’s fastest supercomputers, released its list at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC12) in Hamburg, Germany on Monday, June 18.
Supercomputers at three other Department of Energy national laboratories ranked in the top 20: Mira at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, ranked third; Jaguar at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, ranked sixth; and Cielo, jointly operated by Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, ranked fifteenth. | read more>
June 18, 2012
"Blue Gene/Q delivers a smarter planet in record speed"
Argonne National Lab's (ANL) Blue Gene/Q-based system Mira is the third-fastest system in the world. Mira is being used to significantly advance science and industry. In science, ANL’s exploration ranges from studying the evolution of our universe to simulating the strong force of subatomic particles. In industry, ANL is working to design more-efficient electric car batteries; understand global climate change; design fast neutron reactors capable of eliminating nuclear waste, and decipher the complexities of the biological world. | read more>
June 18, 2012
"Argonne's Mira rated as No. 3 supercomputer"
Argonne National Laboratory's Mira supercomputer has captured the No. 3 spot on a twice-yearly ranking of the world's top 500 most powerful computer systems. The June 2012 release of the Top500 list, released Monday at the 2012 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, marked the Mira's debut on the ranking. | read more>