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Getting Computing Luminary Jack Dongarra’s Perspective on the Exascale Computing Project

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 105: Computing Luminary Jack Dongarra’s Perspective on the Exascale Computing Project By Scott Gibson  Hi. Welcome to the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast from the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project. I’m your host, Scott Gibson. I’m joined in this episode by Jack Dongarra, a computing pioneer. Our discussion took […]

EXAALT-ing Molecular Dynamics to the Power of Exascale

The Exascale Atomistics for Accuracy, Length, and Time (EXAALT) application extends the simulation capability of molecular dynamics codes to revolutionize materials design  By Caryn Meissner Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Stronger. Lighter. More durable. These physical qualities and other properties, such as conductivity, heat resistance, and reactivity, are key to developing novel materials with exceptional performance […]

Exploring the Universe and Nature’s Physical Processes with Unprecedented Power

By John Spizzirri Argonne National Laboratory By the turn of the seventeenth century, naked-eye observations, mathematics, and a rudimentary understanding of physics created enough data to sketch out a basic survey of our nighttime sky. But a change was coming that may very well have set the stage for modern cosmology, the study of the […]

LLNL’s Diachin takes helm of DOE’s Exascale Computing Project

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Lori Diachin will take over as director of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project on June 1, guiding the successful, multi-institutional high-performance computing effort through its final stages. Diachin, who is currently the principal deputy associate director for LLNL’s Computing Directorate, has served as ECP’s deputy director since 2018. She […]

Siting the El Capitan Exascale Supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 104: Siting the El Capitan Exascale Supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore Lab. By Scott Gibson  Hi. Welcome to the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast from the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project. I’m your host, Scott Gibson. A special thanks to Jeremy Thomas for his input concerning this episode on the upcoming […]

Revisiting the CANcer Distributed Learning Environment (CANDLE) Project

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 103: Revisiting the CANcer Distributed Learning Environment (CANDLE) Project By Scott Gibson  This is episode 103 of the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast. [Scott] Hi. In this episode, we focus on a subproject of the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project called the CANcer Distributed Learning Environment, or CANDLE. It […]

Combustion-Pele: A New Exascale Capability for Improving Engine Design

A robust application suite for modeling complex combustion processes informs next-generation engine design to enhance the nation’s energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions By Caryn Meissner Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Combustion, the complex chemical reaction made possible by igniting a mixture of fuel and oxygen to produce heat and light, serves as the nation’s […]

Delivering Impactful Science, Deploying Aurora, and Partnering with ECP at the ALCF

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 102: Delivering Impactful Science, Deploying Aurora, and Partnering with ECP at the ALCF Hello. This is Let’s Talk Exascale, the podcast from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, or ECP. I’m your host, Scott Gibson. Argonne National Laboratory and the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, or ALCF, have been an […]

Predicting the Future of Fission Power

Optimized for exascale supercomputers, the ExaSMR simulation toolkit advances state-of-the-art nuclear reactor design

By Coury Turczyn Oak Ridge National Laboratory Alternatives to carbon-producing energy sources are becoming ever more imperative as climate change shows its effects on the Earth and in our daily lives. Although fossil fuels still generate much of the electricity in the United States, utilities are increasingly adding renewable sources such as wind and solar […]

WarpX Code Shines at the Exascale Level

ECP-funded project takes plasma accelerator modeling to new heights

By Kathy Kincade, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Long valued for their role in scientific discovery and in a variety of medical and industrial applications, particle accelerators have been used in many areas of fundamental research and credited with enabling Nobel Prize–winning research in physics and chemistry. But these high-end instruments also occupy a lot of […]

Discussing NERSC’s Unique Global Role and Close Collaboration with ECP

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 101: Discussing NERSC’s Unique Global Role and Close Collaboration with ECP By Scott Gibson The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, or NERSC, supports all Department of Energy Office of Science–funded research that needs large-scale supercomputers and big data systems. And NERSC has been—and continues to be—an integral part of […]

Advancing the Additive Manufacturing Revolution

ExaAM’s collection of optimized simulation codes brings exascale power to predicting how entire metal parts can be 3D printed by industry

By Coury Turczyn Oak Ridge National Laboratory The methods used to fabricate metal parts have changed remarkably little in the past few centuries. Although machining technology has certainly advanced, it still follows basic metalworking methods to produce the parts in our vehicles, our appliances, our buildings, and more: pour metal into a mold, carve it […]

Reflecting on the ‘Why’ behind Supercomputing Simulations: Advancing Science

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 100: Reflecting on the ‘Why’ behind Supercomputing Simulations: Advancing Science Hi. If you follow the work of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project you know what ECP is about: ensuring the necessary pieces are in place for the nation’s first exascale systems. The components are critical applications and an […]

EQSIM Shakes up Earthquake Research at the Exascale Level

Physics-based supercomputer simulations surpass conventional methods of quantifying the effects of earthquakes

By Kathy Kincade Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Since 2017, EQSIM—one of several projects supported by the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP)—has been breaking new ground in efforts to understand how seismic activity affects the structural integrity of buildings and infrastructure. While small-scale models and historical observations are helpful, they only scratch the […]

ECP-supported collaborative teams win the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize and Special Prize

ECP’s WarpX receives the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize WarpX, an ECP subproject led by Jean-Luc Vay of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and multiple collaborators, on Nov. 17 during SC22 was awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their paper, “Pushing the Frontier in the Design of Laser-Based Electron Accelerators with Groundbreaking Mesh-Refined Particle-In-Cell Simulations […]

ECP’s WarpX Team Successfully Models Promising Laser Plasma Accelerator Technology

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 99: ECP’s WarpX Team Successfully Models Promising Laser Plasma Accelerator Technology By Scott Gibson This time around on the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, behind the microphones are researchers from WarpX, a subproject of the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project. WarpX is a finalist for the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell […]

U.S. Department of Energy to showcase advances in supercomputing and national lab expertise at SC22

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) celebrates the arrival of exascale computing and its impact on breakthrough science discoveries at SC22, the International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis taking place Nov. 13–18 in Dallas. For more than 60 years, the DOE national laboratories have developed and deployed many of the world’s most […]

Discovering New Materials at Exascale Speed

A redesigned QMCPACK promises unmatched accuracy in simulating materials to uncover their hidden properties

By Coury Turczyn The fundamental properties of materials—how they form, what their structures look like, and the ways they interact—have a direct impact on our daily lives. From the smart phone in your pocket to the airline flight you booked with it, the tools we use in the modern world are designed around our understanding […]

Providing Exascale-Class Multiphysics Simulation Capability to Multiple Science Domains

Exascale Computing Project · Episode 98: Providing Exascale-Class Multiphysics Simulation Capability to Multiple Science Domains In this episode, Let’s Talk Exascale features Flash-X, an R&D 100 Award–winning software developed under ExaStar within the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project. The Flash-X team is composed of members from Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, […]

Whole-Device Modeling Could Advance Scientists’ Understanding of Plasmas for Fusion Energy

An application combined with exascale computing will inform experiments on the world’s largest fusion energy platform and the design of next-step fusion facilities

By Lawrence Bernard Researchers supported by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) have created an application, called WDMApp, to simulate an entire plasma as part of an effort to produce energy the way stars do—through a thermonuclear fusion reaction. Combined with exascale computing power, the application will be able to make […]

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