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Exascale Day in Review - ICYMI Resources

Oct. 31, 2022 — The Department of Energy Exascale Computing Project website during the week of October 17–21 became a main hub for the fourth-annual Exascale Day, October 18, which celebrates the ways in which exascale computing will open new pathways of scientific discovery.

October 18 was designated as Exascale Day because exascale systems can achieve over 1 quintillion operations per second, or a billion things computing at a billion times per second. That’s 10 to the 18th power, or a one followed by 18 zeroes.

The Exascale Day site offered curated content on the impact of exascale from various angles and included the perspectives of many leaders in advanced computing from DOE national laboratories, high-performance computing manufacturers, and leading universities and industrial organizations. The information was delivered through videos, articles, audio discussions, quotes, a Twitter live chat, and a LinkedIn event.

Although the ECP website returned to its normal state after the Exascale Day 2022 celebration week, the content hub remains accessible.

Exascale Computing Content Roundup

  • Exascale Day: At Long Last, the Exascale Era is Here (Source: ECP)Doug Kothe, ECP director and associate laboratory director for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provides context for the celebration.
  • Argonne lays the groundwork for its Aurora exascale supercomputer (Source: Argonne Leadership Computing Facility)Argonne National Laboratory has made some significant facility upgrades, including utility-scale electrical and mechanical work, to get ready for its next-generation supercomputer.
  • The Exascale Era is Here (Source: HPE)This video, hosted by Jon Brown, features chats with frontline leaders in supercomputing about exascale and the related topics of data, diversity, human progress, and ECP.
  • Summer of High-Performance Computing (Source: Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility)ORNL’s first wave of Sustainable Research Pathways for High-Performance Computing interns exemplifies diversity and fresh scientific ambitions.
  • LLNL scientists eagerly anticipate El Capitan’s potential impact (Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)While LLNL is eagerly awaiting the arrival of its first exascale-class supercomputer, El Capitan, physicists and computer scientists running scientific applications on testbeds for the machine are getting a taste of what to expect.
  • Preparing Aurora for science on day one (Source: Argonne Leadership Computing Facility)To celebrate Exascale Day, the ALCF takes a look at some of the efforts underway to prepare applications and software for the ALCF’s Aurora exascale supercomputer.
  • Berkeley Lab Researchers Lead Two Gordon Bell Finalist Teams (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)Two teams led by Berkeley Lab scientists are among the finalists for the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize—akin to the Oscars of the supercomputing world—for two separate projects that could transform a wide range of research efforts, from decoding DNA faster to building better particle accelerators .
  • What exascale computing could mean for chemistry (Source: c&en Chemical & Engineering News)Exascale computing power could enable chemists to run faster simulations of bigger molecular systems over longer time frames.
  • ORNL Celebrates Launch of Frontier—the World’s Fastest Supercomputer (Source: Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility)The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory celebrated the debut of Frontier, the world’s fastest supercomputer and the dawn of the exascale computing era.
  • Aurora Supercomputer Exascale Technology (Source: Intel)This video discusses that by offering performance projected to exceed two exaFLOPS of double-precision compute performance, Aurora will empower previously unattainable research and engineering endeavors.
  • Exabiome Brings Magenomics Into the Exascale Era (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)Novel software tools developed by the Berkeley Lab–led Exabiome project enable researchers to harness the power of exascale to analyze previously infeasible problems in metagenomics to study microbial communities.
  • Exascale Day Article: Moving Toward Advances in Brain Mapping Using Exascale Supercomputers (Source: Argonne National Laboratory)A brain mapping project aims to develop an accurate map that shows the connections between brain neurons that form the communications or signaling pathways of the brain.
  • Machine Learning at Exascale (Source: PillarQ)This PillarQ “Exascale Day” feature article examines how researchers are scaling machine learning tools to the United States’ largest computers and some of the world’s most complex science problems.
  • LLNL will scale new heights with El Capitan (Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)With advanced processors and cutting-edge components from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and AMD, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s first exascale-class supercomputer, El Capitan, is projected to exceed 2 exaFLOPS (two quintillion floating point operations per second) of peak performance, making it one of the most powerful supercomputers (if not THE most powerful) in the world when it comes online.
  • 4 science advances coming in the exascale era (Source: Argonne Leadership Computing Facility)To celebrate Exascale Day, Argonne highlights some of the projects poised to make scientific breakthroughs on the upcoming Aurora exascale computer.
  • Harnessing the Power of the World’s Fastest Computer (Source: University of Delaware)Sunita Chandrasekaran, a University of Delaware professor and principal investigator of the SOLLVE ECP subproject, and her students play key roles in exascale computing.
  • Exascale Application Project Targets Carbon Capture and Storage (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)Carbon capture and storage technologies are promising approaches for reducing CO2 emissions, but one of the biggest challenges in deploying them is the scale-up from laboratory design to industrial scale.
  • Getting to Exascale Day 2022 with an Exascale System Wasn’t Easy (Source: insideHPC)This article states: “The push to get the HPE Cray-built and AMD-powered Frontier system past the exascale milestone last spring is one of the high dramas in recent HPC memory, capping an effort that overcame a host of obstacles during the previous two years, including a worldwide pandemic and the meltdown of global supply chains.”

To stay up on the latest exascale news and information, be sure to visit the Exascale Computing Project website regularly.

Source: Exascale Computing Project