Nov. 23, 2022
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LLNL staff returns to Texas-sized Supercomputing Conference

Jeremy Thomas/LLNL

The 2022 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC22) returned to Dallas as a large contingent of LLNL staff participated in sessions, panels, paper presentations, and workshops centered around HPC. The world’s largest conference of its kind celebrated its highest in-person attendance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with about 11,000 of the nearly 12,000 registrants appearing at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. Among the highlights: (1) LLNL computer scientist Peer-Timo Bremer, along with students from California State University Channel Islands, debuted their hands-on demonstration of autonomous laser experiments at the DOE booth, where attendees tried their hands at beating an AI “opponent” at color matching. The demonstration used an identical software as is used in large high-repetition laser facilities for “self-driving” laser experiments and ran periodically at the booth for the next several days. (2) The publication HPCwire announced its Reader’s and Editors’ Choice awards for 2022, handing its Editor’s Choice for Best Use of HPC in Energy to LLNL for applying AI and machine learning-based “cognitive simulation” techniques to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research, which has led to more predictive models of implosions for ICF experiments at the National Ignition Facility and other laser facilities. Read more at LLNL News.