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

Let’s Talk Exascale Podcast:

Frontier Video:

Twitter Chat:

  • 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.

HPE Panel:

Pioneering Frontier:

Stories profiling the many talented ORNL employees behind the construction and operation of the OLCF’s incoming exascale supercomputer

Frontier Construction Features: