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UNM among recipients of $4 million DOE predictive science research center award

October 2, 2020

When scientists need to study and simulate complex phenomena like forest fires, climate change, or viral infections, they turn to supercomputing to do what regular computers can’t. The University of New Mexico Center for Advanced Research Computing (UNM CARC), the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Center for Excellence in Applied Computational Science and Engineering (SimCenter), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Collaborative Computing Lab (CCL) have long been centers of innovation in supercomputing systems deployment and research. Now, researchers at these three institutions seek to revolutionize the field of supercomputing by developing innovative new methods for communication in supercomputers.

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has selected UNM CARC, UTC SimCenter, and UAB CCL to receive a $4 million Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) award to improve the speed and functionality of next-generation supercomputers. The award will allow for the creation of the Center for Understandable, Performant Exascale Communication Systems (CUP-ECS), which will research more efficient mechanisms for high-speed computer-to-computer communication. The center has a primary focus of improving the simulation capabilities of DOE applications, but the technological advances yielded by the project will also impact the performance of supercomputers around the globe and supercomputing applications in a wide range of disciplines.

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