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July 9, 2024

Exascale’s New Frontier: SuperLU/STRUMPACK

PI: Sherry Li, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  In 2016, the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) set out to develop advanced software for the arrival of exascale-class supercomputers capable of a quintillion (1018) or more calculations per second. That leap meant rethinking, reinventing, and optimizing dozens of scientific applications…
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June 24, 2024

New Clues to Improving Fusion Confinement

Nuclear fusion — when two nuclei combine to form a new nucleus, thereby releasing energy — may be the clean, reliable, limitless power source of the future. But first, scientists must learn how to control its production. Building on decades of prior research, scientists have developed sophisticated techniques to improve…
neutrinos
FeaturedScience
June 21, 2024

Untangling the Entangled

Researchers used quantum simulations to obtain new insights into the nature of neutrinos — the mysterious subatomic particles that abound throughout the universe — and their role in the deaths of massive stars. The study relied on support from the Quantum Computing User Program, or QCUP, and the Quantum Science Center, a national Quantum Information…
ECP Software Technology
Technology
May 20, 2024

Exascale’s New Frontier: ADIOS

PI: Scott Klasky, Oak Ridge National Laboratory In 2016, the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) set out to develop advanced software for the arrival of exascale-class supercomputers capable of a quintillion (1018) or more calculations per second. That leap meant rethinking, reinventing, and optimizing dozens of scientific applications…
Arjun Shankar ORNL
FeaturedPeople
May 14, 2024

Meet the NCCS and OLCF Director: Arjun Shankar

World-leading supercomputers, like those built and deployed at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, are astonishing feats of computational and infrastructural engineering. But behind the cables, wires and racks is the hard work of hundreds of individuals committed to a mission bigger than themselves. Arjun…
water molecules
Science
May 6, 2024

Something in the Water Does Not Compute

Computational scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have published a study in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation that questions a long-accepted factor in simulating the molecular dynamics of water: the 2 femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second) time step. The femtosecond is a timescale…
SLAC LINAC
Technology
May 6, 2024

ORNL and SLAC Team Up for Breakthrough Biology Projects

Plans to unite the capabilities of two cutting-edge technological facilities funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science promise to usher in a new era of dynamic structural biology. Through DOE’s Integrated Research Infrastructure, or IRI, initiative, the facilities will complement each other’s technologies in the pursuit of science…
RTX
IndustryScienceTechnology
April 30, 2024

Summit Helps Forge Stronger Flights

Titanium alloys serve as cornerstone materials for the aerospace industry — stronger and lighter than steel, resistant to rust and corrosion and resilient past the melting points of most other metals. Companies such as RTX, formerly Raytheon Technologies, rely on these sturdy alloys to build such vital machinery as jet-engine turbine…
ADIOS team ORNL
Technology
April 29, 2024

Adaptable IO System Delivers the Data

Amid the challenges that the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility faced in assembling and launching the world’s first exascale-class (more than a quintillion calculations per second) supercomputer, Frontier, one key component was hitch-free. Integral to Frontier’s functionality is its ability to store the vast amounts of data…
ScienceTechnology
April 22, 2024

Steering Toward Quantum Simulation at Scale

Researchers simulated a key quantum state at one of the largest scales reported, with support from the Quantum Computing User Program, or QCUP, at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The techniques used by the team could help develop quantum simulation capabilities for the next generation of quantum…
Science
April 15, 2024

New Data Processing Automation Grows Plant Science at ORNL

At the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists studying plant characteristics have access to sophisticated robotic imaging tools and sensors at the Advanced Plant Phenotyping Laboratory, or APPL. This greenhouse-like lab offers one of the most diverse suites of imaging capabilities for plant phenotyping worldwide, letting scientists quickly…
INCITE
Science
April 10, 2024

INCITE 2025 Call for Proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research projects in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. Proposals must be submitted between April 10 and June 14, 2024. The…
NASA Mars simulation
Science
February 29, 2024

Planning for a Smooth Landing on Mars

A U.S. mission to land astronauts on the surface of Mars will be unlike any other extraterrestrial landing ever undertaken by NASA. Although the space agency has successfully landed nine robotic missions on Mars since its first surface missions in 1976 with the Viking Project, safely bringing humans to Mars…
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Technology
February 22, 2024

Exascale’s New Frontier: LatticeQCD

PI: Andreas Kronfeld, Distinguished Scientist, Fermilab In 2016, the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) set out to develop advanced software for the arrival of exascale-class supercomputers capable of a quintillion (1018) or more calculations per second. That leap meant rethinking, reinventing, and optimizing dozens of scientific applications and…