Welcome to ASCR Discovery, a webzine about the research
that powers computational science – the use
of computers to gain insight and understanding of scientific
The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research in the Department of Energy Office of Science supports the projects described here. ASCR’s portfolio includes projects at DOE laboratories and many public and private universities. Such research may take years to reach fruition, but has profound impact on science and, ultimately, the way we live.
We hope you find ASCR Discovery enlightening, and we encourage your comments.
Pointing the way
A Fermilab-led program called ComPASS (for Community Project for Accelerator Science and Simulation) is enlisting advanced computer modeling that allows particle physicists to probe matter’s outer limits.
Exascale computing will demand machines that can divvy up tasks a billion ways to get the right data to the right processor at the right time. A project called ROSE is showing the way.
A University of Utah-led center enlists high-performance computers, novel algorithms and inventive computing approaches in the quest to clean up coal emissions.
Large-scale simulations on Argonne’s Mira supercomputer are helping a team from the University of Southern California design self-healing nanomaterials used in power-generating turbines.
As below, so above
U.S. and European researchers have teamed up to refine models of the deep processes that have shaped Earth.
Checking it out
PETSc, a library of ready-to-use high-performance computing software, is being used worldwide as a key player in creating simulations for a panoply of phenomena. The software will receive special recognition at a major scientific computing meeting in March.
Dimensions on a diet
A Colorado School of Mines professor’s mathematical methods probe inputs to cut problem size and ease computation. Image: Darwin Bell.
Exascale road bumps
Myriad technical challenges block the path to a computer a thousand times faster than today’s machines. A Department of Energy committee identifies the top 10.