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DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Supercomputers take science by storm

Five researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will lead projects that have been awarded almost 200 million processor-hours of computing time at Argonne's Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). The ALCF is home to an IBM Blue Gene/P, a supercomputer capable of performing 557 trillion calculations per second, enabling scientists and engineers to conduct cutting-edge research in weeks or months rather than years.

"By providing millions of hours of computing time on this powerful system, these awards allow us to address some of the nation's most challenging scientific problems," said Pete Beckman, director of ALCF.

Chosen through a peer review process, the following Argonne projects have been selected by DOE to run at the ALCF as part of the new ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC).

Other projects awarded by the ALCC to run at Argonne's ALCF include the following:

Open to researchers from national laboratories, academia and industry, the ALCC program allocates up to 30 percent of DOE's computational resources at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Leadership Computing Facilities at Argonne and Oak Ridge. The program focuses on high-risk, high-payoff simulations in mission-critical areas such as advancing clean energy and understanding the Earth's climate. More information about ALCC is available online.

The ALCF is dedicated to large-scale computation and builds on Argonne's strengths in high-performance computing software, advanced hardware architectures and applications expertise. The ALCF's Blue Gene/P, named "Intrepid," is one of the fastest and most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world. It features more than 160,000 processors and over 80 terabytes of memory. ALCF staff also provide the computational expertise and support to help scientists optimize and scale their applications to maximize the use of these powerful resources.

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