Michael E. Papka

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A unique postdoc opportunity in HPC

butler-fellowship.blogFebruary 28 is the deadline to apply for the ALCF’s new computational science postdoctoral fellowship position, named in honor of the late Argonne mathematician and computer science pioneer Margaret Butler.

From very early on, Margaret viewed computers as a technology with great potential to push the frontiers of science. Over the course of her career, she also worked to establish the careers of many other women in computing. She understood the value of promoting change by creating opportunity. And so it was especially apt that this new fellowship commemorating her contributions to the field would be a unique career opportunity.

This fellowship, which is open to both men and women, is an opportunity for the recipient to work with Argonne scientists in support of scientific discovery in their field of expertise. It’s an opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment with world leading experts in computational mathematics and computer science, and to use some of the world’s most powerful computer systems. Mostly, it’s an opportunity for a bright, young researcher to launch a computational science career in pursuit of significant achievements in science.

More information about The Margaret Butler Fellowship in Computational Science can be found online.

New Year, New INCITE, and New Insight

INCITEFor most of us, New Year’s Day marks the start of new opportunities and renewed potential. Fittingly, January 1 also begins a new cycle of INCITE projects, and 2014 is the year that will see the highest number of awards and core hours ever granted by the DOE Leadership Computing program in its 10 year history. Over the next 12 months, 59 teams of researchers will share nearly 6 billion core hours of peer-reviewed parcels of supercomputing time at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories to work on energy and environmental problems with the potential to benefit the world.

INCITE investigations are the largest and hardest problems in science and engineering, often slow and uncertain by their very nature, and are assessed using a wide range of metrics. The advancements that come out of INCITE work are vastly accelerated with each new generation of computing system, and help to gain a deeper understanding of highly complex systems in our physical world. These projects build knowledge through bigger and better simulations, improved algorithms, and novel computational techniques. Demystifying the world in this manner requires copious amounts of preparation and processor hours, and each new year of INCITE awards brings a renewed sense of what’s possible. To track this year’s INCITE discoveries at Argonne, I invite you to visit the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility website.