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Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Accepting Proposals for Aurora Early Science Program


Starting in early July, Argonne National Laboratory’s Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) is accepting proposals for its Aurora Early Science Program (ESP). Aurora is a new Intel-Cray super computer system that can administer 18 times the computational capabilities of Mira, ALCF’s current system.

Set to arrive at ALCF in 2018, Aurora’s system is based on the third-generation Intel® Xeon Phi ™ processor and is capable of 180 petaflops to 450 petaflops—making it a much bigger and faster machine than ALCF’s Mira or Theta. The addition of the new system is a huge opportunity for scientists to gain valuable computing time.

Aurora’s ESP will award 10 science teams computing time to conduct research as part of the ALCF’s larger, preproduction testing of the new supercomputer system. Projects will include preparing applications to meet the architecture and scale of Aurora, as well as to solidify libraries and infrastructure so that other applications can function properly on the next-generation system.

The preproduction necessary for Aurora provides significant computational hours for the selected scientific teams to pursue calculations that are not yet possible on today’s leading supercomputers. Selected teams will also have the opportunity to work with ALCF staff and other industry experts, as well as receive world-class training on the Intel and Cray technologies.

Proposals for the Aurora ESP are being accepted through September 2, 2016. For additional information on the program, visit

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