Research team led by Dan Jacobson named finalists for Gordon Bell Prize

Posted: September 18, 2018

An ORNL team led by computational systems biologist Dan Jacobson and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility scientist Wayne Joubert is a finalist for the Gordon Bell Prize, which is awarded each year to recognize outstanding achievements in high-performance computing (HPC), with an emphasis on rewarding innovations in science applications, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. Jacobson’s team developed a genomics algorithm capable of using mixed-precision arithmetic to attain exascale speeds. On Summit, the team’s Combinatorial Metrics application achieved a peak throughput of 2.36 exaops—or 2.36 billion billion calculations per second, the fastest science application ever reported. Jacobson’s work compares genetic variations within a population to uncover hidden networks of genes that contribute to complex traits. One condition Jacobson’s team is studying is opioid addiction, which has been linked to the deaths of more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017.

Learn more about the Gordon Bell Prize and other finalists here.


September 18, 2018