As DOE's Exascale Computing Project rolls into its sixth year, ECP Director Doug Kothe continues to propel the effort, drawing on the deep well of experience he has filled during three and a half decades of leading programs and building and overseeing highly specialized teams at DOE labs. Just before joining ECP, Kothe was the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at ORNL.
A team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stanford University and Purdue University developed and demonstrated a novel, fully functional quantum local area network, or QLAN, to enable real-time adjustments to information shared with geographically isolated systems at ORNL using entangled photons passing through optical fiber.
The Department of Energy has begun installing what will become the world's most powerful supercomputer. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has finished upgrading the data center that will house Frontier, set to be the world's first exascale system (capable of at least 10¹⁸ floating-point operations per second).
During a presentation on August 27 to the East Tennessee Economic Council, Marianne Wanamaker, Executive Director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, further validated the belief about people like the O’Malleys moving here with additional empirical data.
The world’s fastest supercomputer comes with some assembly required. Frontier, the nation’s first exascale computing system, won’t come together as a whole until all pieces arrive at DOE’s ORNL to be installed—with the eyes of the world watching—on the data center floor inside the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.