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November 29, 2013

Argonne and AICS sign MOU in support of petascale computing

Drs Hirao and Papka. Picture: ANL

The RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) of the USA, two leaders in the petascale computing arena, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects aimed at expanding the use of petascale computing in the scientific and engineering communities.

The MOU was signed at SC13, a supercomputing conference held in Denver in November, by Kimihiko Hirao, director of AICS and Michael E. Papka, director of ALCF.

The MOU identifies areas of mutual interest to both organizations and brings several new research capabilities to AICS, which is funded by the Japanese government through RIKEN, and the ALCF, a U.S. Department of Energy leadership computing facility in support of open science located at Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago. Petascale computing refers to a computer system capable of reaching performance in excess of one petaflops – that is, one quadrillion floating point operations per second.

Among the distinguished guests attending the ceremony were AICS Vice Director Akinori Yonezawa, AICS Policy Planning Division Head Hiroshi Kataoka, Argonne Associate Laboratory Director Rick Stevens, ALCF Deputy Director Susan Coghlan and ALCF Director of Science Paul Messina.

See more on the Argonne National Laboratory website.