Center for Computing Research (CCR)

Center for Computing Research

The Center for Computing Research (CCR) at Sandia creates technology and solutions for many of our nation's most demanding national security challenges. The Center's portfolio spans the spectrum from fundamental research to state‑of‑the‑art applications. Our work includes computer system architecture (both hardware and software); enabling technology for modeling physical and engineering systems; and research in discrete mathematics, data analytics, cognitive modeling, and decision support materials.

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  • Power API and LAMMPS Named R&D100 Award Finalists

    Two CCR technologies have been named as finalists for the 2018 R&D100 Awards. Each year, R&D Magazine names the 100 most technologically significant products and advancements, recognizing the winners and their organizations....

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    Power API and LAMMPS Named R&D100 Award Finalists

    Two CCR technologies have been named as finalists for the 2018 R&D100 Awards. Each year, R&D Magazine names the 100 most technologically significant products and advancements, recognizing the winners and their organizations. Winners are selected from submissions from universities, corporations, and government labs throughout the world. This year’s finalists include the Power APIand LAMMPS. The Power API is portable programming interface for developing applications and tools that can be used to control and monitor the power use of high-performance computing systems in order to improve energy efficiency. LAMMPS is a molecular dynamics modeling and simulation application designed to run on large-scale high performance computing systems. The final award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the R&D 100 Conferencein mid-November.

    Contact: Brightwell, Ronald B. (Ron)
    October 2018
    2018-11733E

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  • Sandia Joins the Linaro HPC Special Interest Group

    Sandia National Laboratories has joined Linaro’s High Performance Compute (HPC) Special Interest Group as an advanced end user of mission-critical HPC systems.  Linaro Ltd, is the open source collaborative engineering organization developing software for the Arm ecosystem....

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    Sandia Joins the Linaro HPC Special Interest Group

    Sandia National Laboratories has joined Linaro’s High Performance Compute (HPC) Special Interest Group as an advanced end user of mission-critical HPC systems.  Linaro Ltd, is the open source collaborative engineering organization developing software for the Arm ecosystem. Sandia recently announced Astra, one of the first supercomputers to use processors based on the Arm architecture in a large-scale high-performance computing platform.  This system requires a complete vertically integrated software stack for Arm: from the operating system through compilers and math libraries. Sandia and Linaro will work together with the other members of the HPC SIG to jointly address hardware and software challenges, expand the HPC ecosystem by developing and proving new technologies and increase technology and vendor choices for future platforms. More info is available here.

    Contact: Younge, Andrew J
    August 2018
    2018-9504L

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  • Astra - An Arm-Based Large-Scale Advanced Architecture Prototype Platform

    Astra, one of the first supercomputers to use processors based on the Arm architecture in a large-scale high-performance computing platform, is being deployed at Sandia National Laboratories.  Astra is the first of a potential series of advanced architecture prototype platforms, which will be deployed as part of the Vanguard program that will evaluate the feasibility of emerging high-performance computing architectures as production platforms....

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    Astra - An Arm-Based Large-Scale Advanced Architecture Prototype Platform

    Astra, one of the first supercomputers to use processors based on the Arm architecture in a large-scale high-performance computing platform, is being deployed at Sandia National Laboratories.  Astra is the first of a potential series of advanced architecture prototype platforms, which will be deployed as part of the Vanguard program that will evaluate the feasibility of emerging high-performance computing architectures as production platforms.  The machine is based on the recently announced Cavium Inc. ThunderX2 64-bit Arm-v8 microprocessor. The platform consists of 2,592 compute nodes, of which each is 28-core, dual-socket, and will be at a theoretical peak of more than 2.3 petaflops, equivalent to 2.3 quadrillion floating-point operations (FLOPS), or calculations, per second.  While being the fastest is not one of the goals of Astra or the Vanguard program in general, a single Astra node is roughly one hundred times faster than a modern Arm-based cellphone. More details are available here.

    Contact: Laros, James H.
    June 2018
    2018-6574E

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