In the News
December 20, 2011
"Congress funds exascale computer"
The Energy Department is set to receive full funding for development of a supercomputer three orders of magnitude more powerful than today's most powerful computer--an exascale computer. Under a set of consolidated spending bills for the current fiscal year known as an omnibus, DOE would be able to spend a requested $126 million on exascale development. The omnibus secured Senate passage Dec. 17 in a 67-32 vote a day after the House approved it 296-121. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
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December 7, 2011
Bio IT World
"Open Data and Patient Modeling in Europe"
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December 5, 2011
"What a Simple Flame Can Tell Us About Supernovae"
Using detailed computer simulations, physicists have been studying one critical transition in particular that could not only improve safety in industrial settings, but could also shed light into the mysterious processes behind Type 1a supernovae. | read more>
December 5, 2011
"Top Hair-Raising Research Moments"
WBEZ's Gabriel Spitzer recently moderated a conversation among four scientists from local institutions, all of whom worked in rather unconventional "labs"--including Argonne research meteorologist Doug Sisterson. | read more>
November 29, 2011
"Argonne's Barry Smith and Lois Curfman McInnes Win E.O. Lawrence Award"
Argonne National Laboratory researchers Barry Smith and Lois Curfman McInnes have been named winners of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, which honors midcareer scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions in research and development. | read more>
November 17, 2011
"IBM's Blue Gene/Q; petaflops on low power"
Perhaps the most poorly kept secret at SC11 was IBM’s official unveiling of its next generation Blue Gene/Q (BGQ) supercomputer, the third generation in its Blue Gene family, with 16 multi-processing core technology and a scalable peak performance of up to 100 petaflops. Unveiling the BGQ on the SC11 show floor, IBM’s director of STG HPC offerings Jim Herring said the system was the most energy efficient and reliable system in the Blue Gene lineup thus far, having already hit the number one spot of the TOP500 green machine list due to its ability to produce 2 gigaflops per watt. | read more>
November 16, 2011
"IBM pushes BlueGene/Q to 100 petaflops"
In February 2009, IBM announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the US Department of Energy's supercomputing centers, was shelling big bucks to build a 20 petaflops machine that is now known as BlueGene/Q. LLNL is where the first two BlueGene many-cored parallel monsters sharpened their teeth. In February this year, Argonne National Laboratory got a big chunk of change to install its own BlueGene/Q weighing in at 10 petaflops. | read more>
November 15, 2011
IBM Press Release
"IBM Announces Supercomputer to Propel Sciences Forward"
today announced its next generation supercomputing project, IBM Blue Gene/Q, will provide an ultra-scale technical computing platform to solve the most challenging problems facing engineers and scientists at faster, more energy efficient, and more reliable rates than ever before. Blue Gene/Q is expected to predict the path of hurricanes, analyze the ocean floor to discover oil, simulate nuclear weapons performance and decode gene sequences. Announced earlier in 2011, Argonne will implement Blue Gene/Q to stoke economic growth and improve U.S. competitiveness for such challenges as designing electric car batteries, understanding climate change and exploring the evolution of the universe. | read more>
November 14, 2011
"Three DOE Labs Now Connected with Ultra-High Speed Network"
The U.S. Department of Energy is now supporting scientific research at unprecedented bandwidth speeds – at least ten times faster than commercial Internet providers – with a new network that connects thousands of researchers using three of the world's top supercomputing centers in California, Illinois and Tennessee. | read more>
November 14, 2011
"OpenMP Expanding Its Scope to Embedded Systems and Accelerators"
The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a global industry alliance dedicated to developing and promoting the OpenMP API, today announced that three new members joined the consortium this year, including Argonne, bringing the total number of member organizations to 22. This allows OpenMP to expand its scope from the traditional SMP systems to embedded systems and accelerators. Over the last three years seven members joined: three vendors, three research laboratories and one academic institution. These collaborate with existing OpenMP ARB members to develop the methods for programming next-generation parallel computing systems, which will include accelerators and embedded systems. | read more>