Exascale computing will transform our ability to answer some of the world’s toughest and most important questions
On October 18, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is celebrating the third National Exascale Day.
The holiday was created in 2019 as an initiative of DOE’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, to honor scientists and researchers who will make groundbreaking discoveries with the help of some of the fastest supercomputers in the world, such as Frontier, ORNL’s next supercomputer.
Frontier is an HPE Cray EX system under construction at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility at ORNL. Frontier is slated to be the nation’s first Exascale supercomputer, with delivery in 2021 and full user operations in 2022.
The performance of exascale computers is measured in exaflops. One exaflop equals one quintillion calculations per second, a number that is mathematically notated as 1018.
Here are some Frontier and Exascale-related materials to celebrate 10/18/21:
The Road to Exascale
- The Road to Exascale: The decade-long effort to attain the next thousand-fold increase in compute power encompasses multiple agencies, committees, labs, companies, and some lucky choices
- Exascale Computing’s Four Biggest Challenges and How They Were Overcome: Thirteen years ago, exascale supercomputers appeared to be out of our technical reach
Let’s Talk Exascale Podcast:
- Tune in to @argonne on Twitter at 1 p.m. (CT), Monday, October 18, to take part in a live exascale Twitter chat.
- OLCF Director of Science Bronson Messer, @thebron, will be participating in the chat.
Stories profiling the many talented ORNL employees behind the construction and operation of the OLCF’s incoming exascale supercomputer
- David Grant: Planning Ahead
- Rick Griffin: Keeping the Power on
- Denise Hoomes: Staying on Track
- Matt Sieger: Managing Milestones
- Jason Hill: Planning Against Pitfalls
- Reuben Budiardja: Forging a New Compiler
- David Bernholdt: Fine Tuning “Serial No. 1”
- Tom Papatheodore: Test Driving with “User Zero”
- Matt Belhorn: Packaging a User-Friendly Supercomputer Environment
- Suzy Tichenor: Meeting Industry at Scale
Frontier Construction Features:
- 09/29/21—Stunning Specs: What’s Inside the Nation’s First Exascale Supercomputer Facility?
- 05/20/21—OLCF Announces Storage Specifications for Frontier Exascale System
- 12/11/20—Building an Exascale-Class Data Center
- 09/23/20—Powering Frontier and complementary Photo Story
- 01/26/20—Making Room for Frontier