HPC News

Lab breaks ground for exascale facility upgrades

June 22, 2020

To meet the needs of tomorrow’s supercomputers, NNSA's LLNL has broken ground on its ECFM project, which will substantially upgrade the mechanical and electrical capabilities of the Livermore Computing Center.

read more about—Exascale Computing Facility Modernization

Cooling Magma is a Challenge that LLNL Can Take On

June 3, 2020

With 5.4 petaflops of peak performance crammed into 760 compute nodes, that is a lot of computing capability in a small space generating a considerable amount of heat. 

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Working Remotely: The Spack Team

May 16, 2020

Elaine Raybourn interviews Todd Gamblin about the Spack project's experience working remotely.

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Flexible Package Manager Automates Supercomputer Software Deployment

April 28, 2020

Spack is an open-source product that has become very well known in the high-performance computing (HPC) community because of the value it adds to the software deployment process.

read more about—Spack

Upgrades for LLNL supercomputer from AMD, Penguin Computing aid COVID-19 research

April 21, 2020

Under a new agreement, AMD will supply upgraded graphics accelerators for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Corona supercomputing cluster, expected to nearly double the system’s peak compute power. 

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New partnership to Unleash U.S. Supercomputing Resources in the Fight Against COVID-19

March 23, 2020

The White House announced the launch of the COVID-19 HPC Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus.

read more about our COVID-19 response

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LLNL Highlights Magma’s Role in NNSA’s Computing Arsenal

March 11, 2020

This week, LLNL highlighted one of the latest additions to its computing arsenal: Magma. Magma is a Penguin Computing “Relion” system comprised of 752 nodes with Intel Xeon Platinum 9242 (Cascade Lake-AP) processors. The cluster has 293 terabytes of memory, liquid cooling provided by CoolIT Systems and an Intel Omni-Path interconnect.

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LLNL and HPE to partner with AMD on El Capitan, Projected as World’s Fastest Supercomputer

March 4, 2020

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) today announced the selection of AMD as the node supplier for El Capitan, projected to be the world’s most powerful supercomputer when it is fully deployed in 2023.

read more about—El Capitan

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Lab Team Sizzles at DOE Grid Optimization Competition

February 27, 2020

LLNL bested more than two dozen teams to place first overall in Challenge 1 of the DOE Grid Optimization Competition, aimed at developing a more reliable, resilient, and secure U.S. electrical grid.

read more about—Lab Team Sizzles at DOE Grid Optimization Competition

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Podcast: Future Architectures, First-Rate Discretization Libraries

February 26, 2020

Led by LLNL's Tzanio Kolev, the Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations (CEED) is a hub for high-order mathematical methods to increase application efficiency and performance.

read more about—new architectures and high-order discretizations

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Upgraded Data Archives Position Lab for Exascale Era

January 30, 2020

LLNL is now home to the world’s largest Spectra TFinity system, following a complete replacement of the tape library hardware that supports Livermore’s data archives.

read more about our newest archive

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Optimizing Math Libraries to Prepare for Exascale Computing

January 2, 2020

This episode of Let’s Talk Exascale takes a brief look at the xSDK4ECP and hypre projects within the Software Technology research focus area of the US Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP).

read more about—Math Libraries for Exascale

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Podcast: SCR Scalable Checkpoint/Restart Paves the Way for Exascale

December 8, 2019

In this Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, researchers involved with the Scalable Checkpoint/Restart (SCR) Framework describe how it will enable users of high-performance computing systems to roll with the rapid pace of change.

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Software Enables Use of Distributed In-System Storage and Parallel File System

December 5, 2019

A software product from the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) called UnifyFS can provide I/O performance portability for applications, enabling them to use distributed in-system storage and the parallel file system.

read more about UnifyFS

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On the Spack Track

December 5, 2019

At the annual supercomputing conference, SC19 in Denver, Colorado, there were Spack events each day of the conference.

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LLNL’s presence in HPC shines bright at SC19

December 4, 2019

The 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis— better known simply as SC19 — returned to Denver, and once again Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) made its presence known as a force in supercomputing.

read more about—LLNL's presence at SC19

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LLNL-led team awarded Best Paper at SC19 for modeling cancer-causing protein interactions

November 22, 2019

A panel of judges at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19) on Thursday awarded a multi-institutional team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientists with the conference’s Best Paper award.

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LLNL wins 2019 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for El Capitan

November 20, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), along with the Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories and Cray Inc., garnered HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for Top Supercomputing Achievement for 2019.

read more about—LLNL wins 2019 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for El Capitan

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Upgrades coming to LLNL’s Corona computing cluster

November 19, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is collaborating with Penguin Computing Inc. and graphics card manufacturer AMD to upgrade its unclassified computing cluster Corona to roughly double the amount of graphics processors (GPUs) the system previously had. The upgrade will provide significantly greater performance and bring additional capabilities in artificial intelligence and machine learning to the LLNL user community, according to Lab researchers.

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New TOP500 List unveiled: Sierra stays No. 2 and more

November 18, 2019

The latest TOP500 List of the world's most powerful computers was released today at the 2019 International Supercomputing Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19) in Denver. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL's) IBM/NVIDIA Sierra supercomputer held steady at the No. 2 spot, one of seven Lab systems to crack the top 100, including a brand-new arrival.

read more about the 2019 Top500 list