LLNL cancer research goes exascale

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team will be among the first researchers to perform work on the world’s first exascale supercomputer — Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Frontier — when they use the system to model cancer-causing protein mutations.

Led by Harsh Bhatia, a computer scientist in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC) at LLNL, the team was awarded limited access to Frontier under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) program.

The program recently announced new funding for 45 scientific projects at universities, industry and government agencies, totaling 18 million node‐hours. The projects will use compute cycles at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and the Leadership Computing Facilities at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories, including early access to a few select projects on Frontier. The projects, with applications ranging from advanced energy systems to climate change and cancer research, will use DOE supercomputers to uncover unique insights about scientific problems that would otherwise be impossible to solve using experimental approaches, according to a DOE announcement.

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