Gordon Bell Prizes Awarded at SC22 Conference
November 17, 2022
A 16-member team drawn from French, Japanese, and US institutions was awarded the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for their project, "Pushing the Frontier in the Design of Laser-Based Electron Accelerators With Groundbreaking Mesh-Refined Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Exascale-Class Supercomputers.” In their prize-winning work, the researchers presented a first-of-kind mesh-refined (MR) massively parallel Particle-In-Cell (PIC) code for kinetic plasma simulations optimized on the Frontier, Fugaku, Summit, and Perlmutter supercomputers.
The ACM Gordon Bell Prize tracks the progress of parallel computing and rewards innovation in applying high-performance computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. The award was presented during the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC22).
Also at SC22,the 2022 ACM Gordon Bell Special Prize for High Performance Computing-Based COVID-19 Research was presented to a 34-member team for their project, “GenSLMs: Genome-Scale Language Models Reveal SARS-Cov-2 Evolutionary Dynamics,"" which seeks to transform how new and emergent variants of pandemic causing viruses, specially SARS-CoV-2, are identified and classified. This special prize is being awarded to recognize outstanding research achievement toward the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of high-performance computing.
ACM has recently established the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling to highlight and encourage more research focused on modelling the devastating impact of climate change. The new award aims to recognize innovative parallel computing contributions toward solving the global climate crisis. Climate scientists and software engineers will be evaluated for the award based on the performance and innovation in their computational methods. Nominated projects should demonstrably improve climate modelling and enhance the understanding of the Earth’s climate system. Nominations may be submitted online here. The deadline to apply for the inaugural award is April 15, 2023.