The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Supporting Synchrotron Science with NERSC's Superfacility Project and Perlmutter

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Bjoern Enders, The National Energy Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Nicholas Schwarz
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2:00 p.m.

Analysis of experimental data has become an ever-increasing part of the workload of supercomputing facilities. The National Energy Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is the mission HPC and data center for the DOE and has supported such experimental computing workloads since its inception as a general-purpose supercomputing facility. The gradual process of hooking up experiment by experiment, however, has led to a scattered landscape of custom applications and workflow pipelines that cannot easily be transferred to new instruments, keeping on-boarding and maintenance labor-intensive. Additionally, with coming upgrades to storage rings, beamline instruments will require more and more compute capability to cope with the drastic increase in data rates, creating a need to tap into HPC resources.

In this presentation, we will talk about NERSC's Superfacility project that aims to develop a more unified, seamless, and automation-friendly environment for experimental science and to lower the entry barrier for new or upgraded beamline instruments to scale up their processing capabilities. We will also take a look at NERSC's upcoming supercomputer Perlmutter, whose architecture acknowledges experimental workloads as core business of future computing at NERSC.



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