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Argonne researchers share leading-edge work in computing and AI at SC22 conference

November 16th, 2022
Argonne researchers share leading-edge work in computing and AI at SC22 conference
Polaris is one of the supercomputers at ALCF, where researchers and developers are preparing applications for science in the exascale era. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory

Nearly 100 scientists share Argonne's work in exascale, computing software, artificial intelligence methods and more.

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are spotlighting the lab's research and expertise in high performance computing and artificial intelligence at SC22, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis taking place Nov. 13–18 in Dallas.

Nearly 100 Argonne researchers are attending and participating in activities on topics ranging from exascale technologies and HPC software to AI methods and increasing diversity in computing. They're leading tutorials, presenting technical papers, speaking at workshops, contributing to birds-of-a-feather discussions and sharing ideas in panels.

In addition, Argonne is participating in the conference's annual Job Fair and partner with other DOE national laboratories to provide talks and demos at the DOE's conference booth (booth #1600). Argonne's Bogdan Nicolae will give a talk about the versatility of a searchable lineage for scalable HPC data management.

Some notable Argonne activities are highlighted below.

ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award to Ian Foster

Ian Foster, a Distinguished Fellow and director of Argonne's Data Science and Learning Division, is being recognized for the establishment of new programming models and foundational science services. Foster, a pioneer in cloud and high performance computing, was nominated for several influential projects that have helped accelerate scientific discovery in fields ranging from physics and astronomy to climate science and biomedicine.

Gordon Bell finalist

A multi-institutional team led by Argonne's Arvind Ramanathan has been named a finalist for the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) Gordon Bell Special Prize for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research for their groundbreaking work to develop the first genome-scale language models (GenSLMs) to explore the evolutionary dynamics of SARS-CoV-2. Using AI and supercomputing resources, the researchers' foundation models have the potential to transform how new and emergent variants of pandemic-causing viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2, are identified and classified.

Best Paper finalists

Argonne researchers contributed to two technical papers that are both up for the Best Paper Award and the Best Student Paper Award at SC22. One of the studies presents a framework for mitigating silent data corruptions in HPC applications (authors: Yafan Huang and Guanpen Li, University of Iowa; Franck Cappello and Sheng Di, Argonne; Shengjia Guo, Baidu Research Institute). The other Best Paper finalist details a scheme that uses compiler technologies to enable scalable automatic differentiation for a variety of parallel programming models (authors: William Moses and Valentin Churavy, MIT; Paul Hovland, Jan Hueckelheim, Sri Hari Krishna Narayanan, and Michel Schanen, Argonne; Ludger Paehler, Technical University of Munich).

ALCF AI Testbed

Comprised of systems from Cerebras, Graphcore, Groq, Habana, and SambaNova, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility's (ALCF) AI Testbed is a growing collection of some of the world's most advanced AI machines available for scientific research. At SC22, researchers from Argonne and AI companies will host a tutorial on programming these novel AI systems for scientific computing. A team led by Argonne's Murali Emani will also present a workshop paper that details a first-of-a-kind evaluation of how the AI machines perform with deep learning workloads. The ALCF is a DOE Office of Science user facility at Argonne.

Aurora

Argonne's Susan Coghlan will provide an update on the status of the lab's next-generation supercomputing resources, including the Aurora exascale system. Coghlan will also contribute to a session on the roadblocks and key learnings associated with adopting liquid cooling systems for large-scale supercomputers like Aurora.

Diversity in HPC

The Exascale Computing Project's Broadening Participation Initiative is working to recruit and retain a diverse workforce by fostering a supportive and inclusive culture at DOE national labs. Argonne's Jini Ramprakash and Lois Curfman McInnes are among the leaders discussing progress toward the goals of this multilab partnership.

Experiment-in-the-Loop Computing

Now in its fourth year, the Extreme-Scale Experiment-in-the-Loop Computing (XLOOP) workshop focuses on research at the intersection of HPC and large-scale experimental science. Chaired by Argonne's Justin Wozniak and Nicholas Schwarz, the XLOOP workshop will feature papers and presentations detailing how advances in computing, including new AI and data methods, are helping to accelerate discoveries at observational and experimental facilities.

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