Argonne National Laboratory

Exascale Computing

Argonne National Laboratory is contributing to all facets and focus areas under the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP): Application Development, Project Management, Software Technology, Exascale Systems, and Hardware Technology.

Argonne is one of six core national laboratories playing a key role in the ECP, a collaborative effort of two DOE organizations (Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration) responsible for the planning and preparation of a capable exascale ecosystem, including software, applications, hardware, advanced system engineering and early testbed platforms, in support of the nation’s exascale computing imperative.

Home to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), the laboratory is also well suited to computational science research in the drive to achieve exascale computing, and provides researchers from national laboratories, academia, and industry with access to high performance computing capabilities – some of the most powerful in the world – to conduct breakthrough science and engineering research.

The ALCF is home to Mira, currently the 9th fastest supercomputer in the world, and its new Theta system that will serve as a bridge between Mira and its next leadership-class supercomputer, Aurora.

Exascale Computing Leadership Team

Paul Messina, Director of the Exascale Computing Project

Dr. Paul Messina is Director of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP). At Argonne, he is a senior strategic advisor at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility who focuses on future directions for the facility. In 2002-2004, he served as Distinguished Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne and as Adviser to the Director General at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).

Rajeev Thakur, Director, Software Technology

Dr. Rajeev Thakur is the Director of the software technology focus area of the Exascale Computing Project. In this role, he will oversee the creation and co-design of a scalable and coherent software stack that can be used for a board spectrum of applications on the exascale systems.

Susan Coghlan, Member of the ECP Leadership Team

Susan Coghlan is a member of the ECP Leadership Team, bringing more than 25 years of experience as a large-scale supercomputer expert and systems integration professional in the HPC field.