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Published on : Jun 17, 2019

Argonne National Laboratory recently announced its Aurora Supercomputer will provide unparalleled performance in the exaflop range, once deployed completely. Scientists will deploy the supercomputer in 2021 and offer a billion-billion (1018) computations per second.

The principal research physicist of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Dr. William Tang states that clean energy, provided at a massive scale, would open the imaginations of researchers to explore novel ideas and try out new approaches. Whereas, to provide the world with clean energy, we require supercomputers to get insights and hasten scientific progress.

Scientists Ready to Tap Full Potential of Supercomputer

Dr. Tang is heading a project as a  part of the Aurora Early Science Program of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. This project will utilize artificial intelligence and deep learning methods to develop predictive capabilities in the exascale era for fusion energy research. Scientists like Dr. Tang are ready to tap the full potential of this system for scientific endeavours, which were earlier impossible. Tang and his team of scientists look for novel approaches to keep fusion reactions separately for electricity generation, enabling abundant energy for the rising population of the Earth.

“As fusion happens automatically in nature, generating a fusion reaction in the Earth’s environment is extremely challenging. However, great scientists like Stephen Hawking said fusion reaction is essential for future energy requirements, hence it is important,” added Dr. Tang. He further stated that climate change is a major challenge for the Earth. Reduction of carbon emissions is our urgent necessity. Although we will face a lot of challenges but safe and clean fusion will generate energy in the future. Thanks to AI, exascale computing, and deep learning, it is now an achievable goal.