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Argonne's supercomputer recognised with visualisation awards

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Argonne National Laboratory has won two US Department of Energy Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research awards for visualisations produced by using its Intrepid supercomputer and its Eureka GPU.

The awards were presented during the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) conference held in San Diego.

'Visualisations provide an incredibly powerful way for scientists to gain new insights into complex problems,' said Mark Hereld, who leads the visualisation and analysis efforts for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. 'At Argonne, we are fortunate to have the expertise in software development and computation and the hardware resources necessary to make these visualisations possible.'

The Argonne winning visualisations were 'Turbulent Flow of Coolant in an Advanced Nuclear Reactor' and 'Simulation of the Gravitationally Confined Detonation (GCD) Model of a Type Ia Supernovae for Ignition at Multiple Points.'

The computations were carried out on one Intrepid, Argonne's IBM Blue Gene/P. The visualisations were performed on Eureka with software developed at Argonne. Eureka is also located at the ALCF and is one of the world's largest graphics processing units, providing more than 111 teraflops and over 3.2 terabytes of RAM.