Welcome to The
Exascale Computing Project

Shown is a 3D, whole-star simulation of the GCD model of a Type la supernova at the moment at which a detonation wave begins to sweep through the White Dwarf Star, incinerating it. At Argonne National Laboratory, astrophysicists are creating leadership computing simulations to better understand these explosions. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

REVOLUTIONIZING
HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

The quest to develop a capable exascale ecosystem is a monumental effort that requires the collaboration of government, academia and industry.

 

Achieving exascale will have profound effects on the American people and the world—improving the nation’s economic competitiveness, advancing scientific discovery, and strengthening our national security.

EXASCALE COMPUTING PROJECT

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) was established with the goals of maximizing the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) for the United States and accelerating the development of a capable exascale computing ecosystem.

Exascale refers to computing systems at least 50 times faster than the nation’s most powerful supercomputers in use today.

The ECP is a collaborative effort of two U.S. Department of Energy organizations – the Office of Science (DOE-SC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

ECP is chartered with accelerating delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem to provide breakthrough modeling and simulation solutions to address the most critical challenges in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security.

This role goes far beyond the limited scope of a physical computing system. ECP’s work encompasses the development of an entire exascale ecosystem: applications, system software, hardware technologies and architectures, along with critical workforce development.

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) represents an extensive collaboration and integration effort involving 800 researchers working on 25 applications, 5 co-design centers, and 66 software development projects.  ECP At A Glance has been prepared to give you a snapshot of ECP-funded research activities.  More technical details for each of the ECP research projects will be added in the near future.

LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION

ECP APPLICATIONS

Video: Exascale for Free Electron Lasers Project

The Exascale for Free Electron Lasers (ExaFEL) project aims to stream data from the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) beamlines to a supercomputer via ESnet (the US Department of Energy’s

CANDLE Project Receives Award

The CANcer Distributed Learning Environment (CANDLE), an effort of the Exascale Computing Project, was honored in the HPCwire Readers’ & Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2017 International Conference for

The Hair-Raising Potential of Exascale Animation

As the development and accessibility of high-performance computers explode beyond current limits, so too will the creative possibilities for the future of CG animation ignite.

ECP Focus Areas

Application Development

Responsible for delivering science-based applications able to exploit exascale for high-confidence insights and answers to critical problems in national security, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and health care.

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Software Technology

Concentrates on developing a comprehensive and coherent software stack that will enable application developers to productively write highly parallel applications that can portably target diverse exascale architectures.

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Hardware & Integration

Supports vendor and lab hardware R&D activities required to develop node and system designs for at least two capable exascale systems with diverse architectural features.

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ECP Research Areas

Capable exascale systems will be able to analyze massive volumes of data in less time, and power the advanced models and simulations required for discovering insights and answers to crucial scientific and technology challenges.

Scientific applications for high-performance and data analytic computing impact nearly every corner of research and development, from the physics of star explosions to squeezing the last percent of efficiency out of a jet engine.

Nuclear Energy

Accelerate design and commercialization of next-generation small modular reactors.

Climate

Accurate regional impact assessment of climate change.

Wind Energy

Increase efficiency and reduce cost of turbine wind plants sited in complex terrains.

Combustion

Design high-efficiency, low-emission combustion engines and gas turbines.

Chemical Science

Biofuel catalysts design; stress-resistant crops.

Precision Medicine for Cancer

Accelerate and translate cancer research in RAS pathways, drug responses, and treatment strategies.

Cosmology

Cosmological probe of standard model (SM) of particle physics: inflation, dark matter, and dark energy.

Astrophysics

Demystify origin of chemical elements
(> Fe); confirm LIGO gravitational wave and DUNE neutrino signatures.

The Dark Energy Camera features 62 charged-coupled devices (CCDs), which record a total of 570 megapixels per snapshot. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

MEET THE ECP
LEADERSHIP TEAM

The ECP is a collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) that encompasses applications, system software, hardware technologies and architectures, and workforce development to meet the scientific and national security mission needs of the DOE.

ECP’s leadership team includes some of the brightest minds from the DOE national laboratories, with diverse, collective experience of almost 300 years.

 

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ECP Core Labs

 

 

 

 

Accelerator complex and central utility building as seen from the top of Wilson Hall at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

DISCOVER LIFE AT EXASCALE

What does exascale mean anyway? Learn more about the enormous scale and potential of the next frontier of high-performance computing.

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