HPCwire: SIGHPC chapter

Aug. 28, 2018 — With the combined mind share and facilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee has long been a bastion for high-performance computing (HPC).

For ORNL’s part, the Department of Energy’s largest science and energy laboratory has stood up three of the world’s fastest computers, and its latest champion—Summit—is hailed as the “smartest,” or most AI-compatible, supercomputer ever designed.

The pedigree of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), in HPC is also exceptionally strong. Along with UTK’s National Institute for Computational Science (NICS), its Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL), founded by Prof. Jack Dongarra in 1989, is an internationally recognized research group specializing in numerical linear algebra, distributed computing, and performance evaluation and benchmarking.

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