Early Science Program

a candidate event in which a Higgs boson is produced

A candidate event in which a Higgs boson is produced in conjunction with top and anti-top quarks which decay to jets of particles. Image: CERN

As part of the process of bringing a new supercomputer into production, the ALCF conducts its Early Science Program (ESP) to ensure the facility’s next-generation systems are ready for science on day one.

The intent of the ESP is to provide research teams with critical pre-production computing time and resources to prepare key applications for the architecture and scale of a new supercomputer, and to solidify libraries and infrastructure to pave the way for other production applications to run on the system. In addition to fostering application readiness, the ESP allows researchers to pursue innovative computational science projects not possible on today’s leadership-class supercomputers.

ALCF Early Science Programs

Aurora Early Science Program

The current phase of ESP is now targeting one of the nation's first exascale systems, to be delivered to the ALCF in 2021. Through open calls for proposals, the ALCF program has awarded pre-production computing time and resources to projects spanning the three "pillars" of the ALCF mission: simulation, data, and learning.

Each ESP team is made up of application developers, domain science experts, and an ALCF postdoctoral appointee. In collaboration with experts from Intel and Cray, ALCF staff will help train the teams on the Aurora hardware design and how to program it.

Together, the projects will investigate a wide range of computational research areas critical to enabling science in the exascale era. This includes mapping and optimizing complex workflows, exploring new machine learning methodologies, stress-testing I/O hardware and other emerging technologies, and enabling connections to large-scale experimental data sources, such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, for analysis and guidance.

Videos of Aurora ESP PIs and Projects

Aurora Tools and Libraries Project

To facilitate development of community software tools and libraries critical to Aurora, especially those needed by applications in ESP projects, ALCF awarded and manages a special omnibus project: the Aurora Tools and Libraries Project. Scott Parker serves as coordinating PI, with multiple PIs leading individual development projects. This team of teams shares the same early access to information, software, and hardware as the applications ESP projects, and works collaboratively with ALCF and the vendors.

Join us in launching the first scientific calculations on our next-generation leadership system, Aurora. We are looking for motivated candidates for two-year ALCF postdoctoral appointments working with many of our projects. You'll find brief descriptions of the positions, and links for applying, on the Argonne Careers page.

Call Information

Available to researchers from universities, industry, and government agencies
Award size:
Call for proposals:
As needed