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Intel and Argonne National Laboratory Celebrate Exascale Day

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Intel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Argonne National Laboratory are collaborating to build Aurora, an exascale computer system that will drive scientific breakthroughs, innovation and discovery. Aurora will be fueled by a future generation of Intel Xeon Scalable processors on enhanced SuperFin technology, Intel Xe HPC GPU, a future generation of Intel Optane persistent memory and Intel oneAPI software. (Credit: Argonne National Laboratory)
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Intel and Argonne National Laboratory will join the Exascale Compute Project on Oct. 18 to celebrate Exascale Day, to recognize researchers, scientists and early science work in exascale computing. Crossing the exascale threshold, when a supercomputer can perform 1018 (1 million trillion floating point operations) adds or multiplies per second, it will be a computational milestone that drives new advances and discoveries to make the impossible possible.

“Exascale Day is an exciting time to come together with others in the industry to celebrate the scientists and researchers who are working to solve some of the world’s greatest mysteries,” said Trish Damkroger, vice president of the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the High Performance Computing Group at Intel. “We are proud to be part of making this world-changing technology possible. Our collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory to deliver the Aurora supercomputer to the U.S. Department of Energy will accelerate scientific discovery and breakthroughs at an unprecedented speed.”

Aurora – Accelerating the Convergence of HPC and AI at Exascale

As one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s multidisciplinary science and engineering research centers, Argonne National Laboratory, based in Chicago, is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to deliver exascale computing capabilities to advance scientific computing.

In March 2019, Intel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Argonne National Laboratory announced a collaboration to build Aurora, an exascale computer system that will drive scientific breakthroughs, innovation and discovery. At a quintillion operations per second, Aurora will be able to unlock the value of data to speed innovation.

Powered by Intel’s latest technologies, Aurora will be fueled by a future generation of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (code-named “Sapphire Rapids”) on enhanced SuperFin technology, Intel® Xe HPC GPU (“Ponte Vecchio”), a future generation of Intel® Optane™ persistent memory and Intel® oneAPI software.

To prepare for Aurora, Argonne launched the Early Science Program, designed to lay the foundation and ensure scientists and researchers could utilize Aurora on day one. Once Aurora powers on, scientists will immediately be able to dig deeper into:

  • Cancer research: Scientists will use Aurora to build a software environment that will bring the combined power of exascale computing and deep learning to advance cancer research, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Neuroscience: Aurora will help scientists better understand the structure of the brain and how each neuron connects with others to form the brain’s cognitive pathways. This research could lead to potential cures for neurological diseases.
  • Aircraft design: Researchers will use Aurora to advance the design of more efficient aircraft by enabling advanced computational modeling capabilities that provide deeper insights into how turbulent flows affect fuel consumption and performance.
  • Fusion energy: Using Aurora, scientists will advance fusion energy research by leveraging artificial intelligence to predict and tame conditions that can halt fusion reactions and damage tokamak devices.
  • Catalysis research: Aurora will advance computational catalysis, providing tools and capabilities to help scientists develop novel catalysts that can improve fuel production and other important industrial processes.
  • High energy physics: Researchers will use Aurora to develop exascale workflows and algorithms and machine learning capabilities to accelerate the search for new physics discoveries at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

More: Fireside Chat Video (Trish Damkroger and Rick Stevens)Trish Damkroger – Aurora Exascale Computing PodcastAurora Exascale System Infographic | Aurora Case Study | Intel/ANL: Accelerating the Search for New Physics Discoveries with Argonne’s Aurora Exascale Supercomputer | Intel/ANL: Advancing Cancer Research with Argonne’s Aurora Exascale Supercomputer | Intel/ANL: Advancing Fusion Energy Research with Argonne’s Aurora Exascale Supercomputer | Aurora Workshop Helps Researchers Ramp Up Preparations for Exascale Computing | Exascale Computing Project Software Ecosystem and Delivery | Science at Exascale: The Art of Dealing with the Tension Between More and Less Data | Preparing for Exascale: Eliminating Disruptions on the Path to Sustainable Fusion Energy | Exascale Day website

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