Argonne National Lab deploys Altair PBS Professional

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Altair, developer of computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) software, have announced that the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have is making use of Altair PBS Professional for workload management and scheduling. Argonne’s Polaris supercomputer is utilising the technology to help scientists find ways to slash greenhouse gas emissions through research into fusion energy, better biofuels, and safer and more reliable next-generation nuclear reactors.

Bill Allcock, ALCF Director of Operations, comments: “We don’t have a moment to waste in solving the world’s critical energy challenges. PBS Professional allows researchers to drive scientific advancement at a significantly faster rate. We’re excited about the collaboration we have with Altair, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds on Polaris as we address future challenges like on-demand computing, data services, and sharing, not to mention the exponentially increased impact it will have once PBS Professional is running on our forthcoming, next-generation Aurora supercomputer.”

Using PBS Professional on the high-performance computing (HPC) systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, a DOE Office of Science user facility, researchers will be able to schedule simultaneous and concurrent workloads, which creates higher research throughputs without interruption. 

Deployed earlier this year, Polaris is Argonne’s most powerful computer to date and is helping researchers prepare for the lab’s Aurora exascale system, which will also utilise PBS Professional. Aurora will be theoretically capable of performing two quintillion operations per second, making it one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

PBS Professional is helping to optimise and manage thousands of node hours simultaneously, empowering researchers at the ALCF to reduce research hours by the hundreds and make more effective scientific discoveries.