Argonne Paves the Way for Future Systems

Last April, the third and final piece of the CORAL acquisition program clicked into place when the U.S. Department of Energy signed a $200 million supercomputing contract with Intel to supply Argonne National Laboratory with two next-generation Cray supercomputers: an 8.5-petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing (KNL) and a much larger 180-petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer. The staff at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), where the machines will be deployed, is looking ahead to the future of these systems and the evolution of computing at the facility. To find out more about their preparations and plans, HPCwire spoke with the project director, ALCF Deputy Division Director Susan Coghlan. Just as she facilitated the deployment of Mira in 2012, Coghlan will oversee the installation of Theta in the second half of 2016 and Aurora…


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