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Exascale Computing Project

CCSD聽staff launch computing toward exascale聽as members of DOE leadership team聽

Oak Ridge National Laboratory聽(ORNL)聽is the largest US Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy聽research聽laboratory and home to critical DOE computing expertise and resources. ORNL鈥檚 Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate聽(CCSD)聽focuses on聽high-performance computing, data science, advanced modeling and simulation, mathematical and analysis techniques for聽enhanced software and scientific applications, and the procurement and operation of large-scale computer systems.聽聽

For a quarter century聽the directorate鈥檚聽National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) has stood up聽successive generations of聽the world鈥檚聽leading supercomputers, which have demonstrated the unmatched advantage of聽simulation for securing and improving the nation鈥檚 energy infrastructure,聽revitalizing its manufacturing聽sector, and predicting the impact of twenty-first-century challenges like climate change.聽Summit, the world鈥檚 most powerful and smartest supercomputer,聽debuted聽at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility聽(OLCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility聽within聽the聽NCCS, in 2018. The system聽delivers聽breakthrough聽science at the petascale聽and is a significant聽stepping stone聽to exascale.聽聽The OLCF鈥檚聽upcoming聽exascale聽system,聽Frontier,聽is聽scheduled for delivery聽in 2021.聽

On these merits聽ORNL is one of six DOE national laboratories with senior staff who serve on the聽leadership team of the聽Exascale Computing Project (ECP)鈥攁聽monumental DOE initiative to advance聽scientific and computational capabilities to the exascale in less than a decade. Further, ORNL is the聽location聽of the ECP Project Office, and聽many CCSD researchers are聽heavily engaged in聽research and development聽activities for the聽project鈥檚聽Application Development and Software Technology focus areas.聽As聽ECP聽leadership, CCSD聽staff聽serve聽in聽key roles:聽

  • Lab Operations Task Force (LOTF) Member,聽Jeff Nichols聽聽
    The LOTF is聽composed聽of Associate Laboratory Directors of computing聽from聽the partner DOE laboratories.聽LOTF聽members聽assist the ECP Board of Directors in overseeing operations聽and ensure the聽ECP聽Project Director has the resources and institutional support necessary to execute the technical, schedule, and cost requirements for the approved scope of work assigned to each laboratory.聽

  • Project Director, Doug Kothe聽聽

The ECP Project Director provides the expertise and leadership required to successfully plan, execute, and manage the activities of the ECP.聽聽

  • Chief Technical聽Officer,聽Al Geist聽聽

The Chief Technical聽Officer聽helps develop the overall project plan and budget,聽particularly as it pertains to technology challenges and gaps in applications, hardware, software, and the vendor鈥檚 development of systems.聽聽聽

  • Technical Operations Director,聽Julia White聽聽

The Technical Operations Director plans, coordinates, and facilitates the management of technical business, operational, and/or programmatic activities in order to promote the high-level vision of the project director while operating cross-functionally at multiple levels of the organization, identifying gaps and opportunities.聽聽

  • Project Management Director,聽Kathlyn Boudwin聽聽

The Project Management Director聽leads聽the Project Office聽and聽provides management for planning and executing large, complex science projects, including聽related聽communication products, financial management, project controls and reporting, risk assessment and quality聽assurance, procurement oversight, information technology support, and travel聽planning, among other services.聽

  • Control Account Manager聽(CAM)聽of聽Developer Training and Productivity, Ashley Barker聽聽

The CAM works to disseminate and transfer application development knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices across application teams and provide training on key technologies.聽

  • CAM of Software Technology Tools, Jeffrey Vetter聽
    The CAM oversees and monitors the progress of research and development projects for performance portability, compilers, autotuning, and performance and debugging tools within the Software Technology focus area.聽

  • Business Manager, Mike Hulsey聽

  • Project Controls and Risk Manager, Monty Middlebrook聽

  • Information Technology and Quality Manager, Doug Collins聽

  • Procurement Manager, Willy Besancenez聽

  • Finance Officer, Kim Milburn聽

  • Co-Executive Director, ECP Industry Council, Suzy Tichenor聽

  • Communications聽 Manager, Mike Bernhardt聽

The Communications Manager is responsible for communications strategy and project outreach activities to maintain a high level of public awareness for the ECP and works in close collaboration with the communications teams at the DOE partner labs on exascale-related messaging.聽聽

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