Rob Johnson: Scientific Research Projects to Leverage Exascale Computing System ‘Aurora’

Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson, owner of Portland, Ore.-based marketing and communications consulting firm Fine Tuning, wrote in a Federal News Network commentary piece published Wednesday about the Aurora exascale computing system of the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and how it could help advance research across medicine, engineering, chemistry and other scientific disciplines.

Aurora is set to go online by 2021 and Rick Stevens, associate laboratory director for computing, environment and life sciences at Argonne National Lab, said he believes the exascale system will alter the scientific process’ nature by merging different approaches.

“What excites me most about exascale systems like Aurora is the fact that we now have, in one platform and one environment, the ability to mix simulation and artificial intelligence,” Stevens said. “This idea of mixing simulation and data-intensive science will give us an unprecedented capability and open doors in research which were inaccessible before.”

Johnson mentioned several projects under the Early Science Program that will leverage the exascale platform's capabilities. These include the CANcer Distributed Learning Environment project; human brain research; development of predictive models for use in aircraft design; electricity generation by containing fusion reactions; and development of software tools to advance catalytic chemistry.

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