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What is USRC?

The Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) is a collaboration between the NMC and LANL to engage universities and industry nationally in support of high performance computing research.

USRC investigates the challenges of computing at extreme scales with a focus on balance and efficiency. We leverage a diversity of disciplines to help solve challenges through applied research and development.  Our key focus areas are storage, networking, resilience, system software, and machine learning.   

Latest news and events

January 28, 2020

insideHPC posted an article detailing goals and growth of EMC3 over its first year.  It includes quotes from High Performance Computing division leader, Gary Grider, and a list of EMC3 membersRead more about it here and see the EMC3 News Page for other news articles.

November 18, 2019

USRC senior scientist and storage expert, Brad Settlemyer, discusses recent collaboration success with Eideticom as part of LANL's EMC3 effort.  Read about it here.  See the EMC3 News Page for other news articles.

November 7, 2019

Last fall, LANL HPC launched the Efficient Mission-Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3).  In today's global digital economy, where first to solution is key, businesses/governments need to be able to run more large-scale, long-running simulations in a year.  The general state of technology suggests this is the time to engage: Moore/Dennard scaling laws are fading; operations are dominated by access to the data, heterogeneous solutions are becoming the norm, smart silicon in the network at storage devices common, and efficient balanced application architectures and workflows are possible.  We also see the market space for large scale computing growing and diversifying where one commodity type no longer satisfies demands.

In this spirit, and with these directions, we present the inaugural issue of the EMC3 and USRC newsletter.  Download it here.

October 30, 2019

In the first year of the Efficient Mission-Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3), Los Alamos National Laboratory completed benchmarking nCorium’s new memory-centric server architecture for viability, functionality and performance in high performance storage.  Read more about this collaboration done under the Efficient Mission-Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) on the here.

September 26, 2019

LANL teams with Arm to develop tailored, efficient processor architectures for extreme-scale computing.  Read more about this collaboration development done under the Efficient Mission-Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) and the EMC3 News Page.

September 10, 2019

In preparation for a paper to appear in MICRO'19, the Memory Usage Statistical From Open Clusters Data used in the paper is available on our Operational Data page.  This work is a collaboration between USRC PI Nathan DeBardeleben and Xun Jian from Virginia Tech.

August 8, 2019

As we say goodbye to our summer students, we wrap up another successful season with our USRC symposium.  Although we hate to see them go, we are proud of the hard work and dedication they put in each year.  Our symposium site will be updated with the program and photos as soon are they are available.  Be sure to check it out to see the interesting problems that we continue to work on.

July 1, 2019

With summer well under way, we have begun preparing for our annual student research symposium.  For more information, as well as information related to previous years' symposiums, check out the new research symposium site here.

November 8, 2018

We are excited to begin our collaborations with EMC3, the Efficient-Mission Centric Computing Consortium.  EMC3 investigates ultra-scale computing architectures, systems, and environments that can achieve higher efficiencies in extreme scale mission-centric computing.  Learn more about EMC3's mission, as well as keep up with their news.

Several new data sources have been added for our storage and operational data sections.

November 1, 2018

High Performance Computing is essential to the efforts based here in the USRC.  Learn more about about the growth and evolution of HPC and LANL by checking out our new historical videos page.  For more archived historical content, keep an eye on the history page.

We are proud to announce that we now have our ATLAS and Trinity data available for use! The ATLAS repository contains traces from LANL supercomputers as well as other systems, while the Trinity repository contains telemetry data, environmental data, and more.  Check out these new data sources here.

The Institute for Reliable High-Performance Information Technology, a collaboration of LANL’s USRC and Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a user-space file system that supports the efficient creation of trillions of files on Trinity supercomputer enabling new particle tracking capabilities within scientific simulations.  The article in ABQ Journal is here.

October 2018

USRC resilience researchers Blanchard and DeBardeleben, in collaboration with LANL's ISR-1 Suzanne Nowicki, were featured in the Wired article: Cosmic Ray Showers Crash Supercomputers.  Here's What to Do About It.

USRC resilience PI Nathan DeBardeleben and LANL's Suzanne Nowicki were showcased on LANL's YouTube in their work with USRC's Sean Blanchard on neutron detection for supercomputers.

August 2018

The annual USRC student symposium will be held on August 6th on the 2nd floor of the library.  All attending will need LANL badges, and FNs need to be approved for that area.  Students will be showing off their work from the summer.  If able, please attend and show your support!