Nov 16, 2020

HPCwire Reveals Winners of the Seventieth Annual Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

HPCwire Reveals Winners of the 2020 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards during SC20’s Virtual Conference

San Diego, CA, Nov. 16, 2020 ­– HPCwire, the leading publication for news and information for the high performance computing industry, announced the winners of the 17th annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards during the Supercomputing Conference (SC20) taking place this week.

Symbolic of overwhelming support and continued success, the awards serve as a pillar of recognition that acknowledge major projects, achievements, outstanding leadership and innovative breakthroughs. We are proud of and grateful for the participation from our readers across the globe who truly engaged this year and made their voices and choices heard. Making it to the ballot has become increasingly more competitive and always signifies an honorable, valuable contribution to our HPC community, to progress and to humankind.

“Each year we look forward to connecting with our HPC friends and peers to support exceptional industry innovation at SC. While it saddens us that we cannot physically be with one another, we take great pride in bringing the HPC community together through our digital Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards,” said Tom Tabor, CEO of Tabor Communications, publisher of HPCwire. “This pandemic has brought us together in ways we never thought possible. The various collaborations, innovative research, and unexpected developments have not gone unnoticed during the challenges of the past year. We congratulate and honor those who have exceeded expectations and have truly excelled despite the difficulties and strain presented by the virus. Our congratulations to all the nominees and the winners. We hope to see you all at the virtual Readers’ Choice Awards Party and hopefully, next year, in person to celebrate!”

HPCwire has designated two categories of Awards: (1) Readers’ Choice, where winners have been determined through election by HPCwire readers, and (2) Editors’ Choice, where winners have been selected by a panel of HPCwire editors and thought leaders in HPC. The process started with an open nomination process, with voting taking place throughout the month of September. These awards are widely recognized as being among the most prestigious given by the HPC community to its own each year.

The 2020 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

Best Use of HPC in Life Sciences

Readers’ Choice: ORNL using Summit supercomputer

Editors’ Choice: Researchers at St. Jude using DDN and Nvidia

Best Use of HPC in Physical Science

Readers’ Choice: ECMWF working with ORNL on Summit

Editors’ Choice: NCSA-led team using PSC’s Bridges system and TACC’s Stampede2 system – both XSEDE-allocated resources

Best Use of HPC in Response to Societal Plights (COVID-19 focused research/ programs)

Readers’ Choice:  [email protected]’s marshalling of volunteer computing resources

Editors’ Choice (tie): 

AMD-led COVID-19 HPC Fund

RIKEN’s early launch of Fugaku supercomputer

Best Use of HPC in Energy

Readers’ Choice:  ANL using Theta

Editors’ Choice: Researchers from Georgia Tech and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology using SDSC’s Comet system, TACC’s Stampede2 system -both XSEDE-allocated resources

Best Use of HPC in Industry (Automotive, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Chemical, etc.)

Readers’ Choice: Aramco Research Center, ANL, and Convergent Science researchers using Theta

Editors’ Choice: Convestro AG with Lenovo and Nvidia

Best Use of HPC in Financial Services

Readers’ Choice: Penguin Computing with MemX

Editors’ Choice: Moody’s using Microsoft Azure

Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

Readers’ Choice:  University of Birmingham with IBM

Editors’ Choice: Carnegie Mellon researchers working on Bridges and Bridges AI

Best HPC Storage Product or Technology

Readers’ Choice:  Intel DAOS with Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 Servers

Editors’ Choice: DDN EXAScaler

Best AI Product or Technology

Readers’ and Editors’ Choice: Nvidia DGX A100

Best Use of HPC in the Cloud (Use Case)

Readers’ Choice: Harvard Medical School on Google Cloud

Editors’ Choice: Researchers from IceCube Neutrino Observatory with SDSC and Open Science Grid

Best HPC Cloud Platform

Readers’ Choice:  Amazon Web Services

Editors’ Choice:  Microsoft Azure Cloud

Best HPC Server Product or Technology

Readers’ Choice: NVIDIA A100 GPU

Editors’ Choice: AMD 2nd Gen EPYC “Rome” processors

Best HPC Programming Tool or Technology

Readers’ Choice: Singularity

Editors’ Choice: NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit

Best HPC Interconnect Product or Technology

Readers’ Choice and Editors’ Choice: NVIDIA Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand

Best HPC Collaboration (Academia/Government/Industry)

Readers’ Choice: NHS organizations, UK public health agencies, Wellcome Sanger Institute (and other partners forming the Genomics UK Consortium) using DDN, CLIMB, Birmingham & Cardiff University in partnership with Dell, Lenovo.

Editors’ Choice:  COVID-19 HPC Consortium created by the DOE and IBM

Top Energy-Efficient HPC Achievement

Readers’ Choice: LRZ introduced “Wintermute”

Editors’ Choice: Sandia National Laboratories

Top HPC-Enabled Scientific Achievement

Readers’ Choice:
A research team led by Australian National University using SuperMUC-NG at LRZ

Editors’ Choice: A team at ORNL using Summit supercomputer

 Top Supercomputing Achievement

Readers’ Choice:  NVIDIA Selene Supercomputer

Editors’ Choice:  Supercomputer Fugaku, a joint project of Riken, Fujitsu, and Arm

Top 5 New Products or Technologies to Watch

Readers’ Choice:
NVIDIA A100 “Ampere” GPU

AMD 2nd Gen EPYC “Rome” processors


MemVerge Big Memory


 Editors’ Choice:
NVIDIA A100 “Ampere” GPU

AMD 2nd Gen EPYC “Rome” processors

Fujitsu A64FX Arm processors

Cerebras CS-1 system

DAOS with Intel Optane Persistent Memory

Top 5 Vendors to Watch

Readers’ Choice:





Editors’ Choice:




Google Cloud

Workforce Diversity Leadership Award

Readers’ Choice (Tie):  The National Center for Women & Information Technology


Editors’ Choice: Berkeley Lab’s IDEA program

Outstanding Leadership in HPC

Readers’ Choice:  Mateo Valero

Editors’ Choice:  Yutaka Ishikawa & Satoshi Matsuoka

More information on these awards can be found at the HPCwire website at and on Twitter through the hashtag: #HPCwireAwards.


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