The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) relies on the power of supercomputers to simulate why and how earthquakes occur, evaluate their effects, and help societies prepare for, survive and recover from quakes.\nTo that end, SCEC uses the Texas Advanced Computing Center\u2019s Frontera supercomputer to produce dynamic models of earthquake processes. This work has helped SCEC improve the predictability of earthquake system models, simulate earthquake events and promote a safer society that\u2019s more resilient to earthquakes.\nFor this work, SCEC has won an HPCwire\u00a0Editor\u2019s Choice Award in the \u201cBest Use of HPC in Physical Sciences\u201d category. The award was announced Monday, November 15 at SC21, the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.\nThis is an award that means a lot to people focused on HPC. Each year, the HPCwire Editor\u2019s\u00a0Choice Award winners are determined by the HPC reader community, so these are awards from people in the know. The awards recognize the industry\u2019s most outstanding individuals, organizations, products and technologies.\nAt Dell Technologies, we\u2019re honored to learn that SCEC has been recognized for the great work its researchers are doing as they draw on the power of the Frontera supercomputer at Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).\nDell Technologies provided the primary computing system for Frontera, based on Dell EMC PowerEdge C6420 servers. The system has more than 8,000 two-socket nodes, more than 16,000 Intel\u00ae Xeon\u00ae Scalable Processors and 448,448 cores. Frontera also incorporates several technical innovations, including Intel\u00ae Optane\u2122 DC Persistent Memory for some large-memory nodes, CoolIT Systems high-density Direct Contact Liquid Cooling and a high performance HDR 200 Gb\/s InfiniBand interconnect.\nFueled by a $60 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Frontera debuted on the TOP500 list in June 2019 as the nation\u2019s fastest academic supercomputer and the world\u2019s fifth most powerful high-performance computing system \u2014 with a peak performance rating of 38.7 petaFLOPS.\nHowever, this really isn\u2019t a story about HPC speeds and feeds. What truly matters is the work that SCEC facilitates. The Center, based at the University of Southern California, coordinates fundamental research on earthquake processes using Southern California as its principal natural laboratory. It supports core research and education in seismology, tectonic geodesy, earthquake geology and computational science.\n\u201cWe study earthquakes \u2014 why they occur, how they occur and what kind of impact they have,\u201d says Christine Goulet, Ph.D., Executive Director for Applied Science at SCEC, in a Dell Technologies case study. \u201cWe can\u2019t predict earthquakes at this time, but we can prepare better if we know what to expect.\u201d\nAnd when it comes to earthquakes, better predictions equates to saved lives \u2014 and that\u2019s what really matters.\nTo learn more about SCEC and its use of HPC systems in its research, see the Dell Technologies case study \u201cUnlocking the secrets of earthquakes,\u201d and watch the video. And to dive down into the results of the 2021 Editor\u2019sChoice Awards, visit HPCwire.