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CANDLE Illuminates New Pathways in Fight Against Cancer

August 14, 2019

As part of the Department of Energy’s role in the fight against cancer, scientists are building tools that use supercomputers to solve problems in entirely new ways. Deep learning puts artificial intelligence (AI) to use to discover the complex, often unexpected, correlations hiding within big data. 

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DOE/NNSA, Lab Announce Partnership with Cray to Develop NNSA’s First Exascale Supercomputer

August 13, 2019

The Department of Energy(DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) today announced the signing of contracts with Cray Inc. to build the NNSA’s first exascale supercomputer, “El Capitan.”

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DOE Office of Science honors two Lab scientists

August 1, 2019

Jingke Xu and Kathryn Mohror are among the 73 scientists nationwide who were selected for the recognition. Under the program, typical awards for DOE national laboratory staff are $500,000 per year for five years.

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Video: HPC at CASC

July 30, 2019

In this video, researchers describes activities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center for Applied Scientific Computing (CASC). Director Jeffrey Hittinger and Teresa Bailey discuss how CASC uses high-performance computing for research in the interest of national security.

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CEED's Impact on Exascale Computing Project Efforts is Wide-Ranging

July 17, 2019

Spack is an open-source package manager for HPC. Its simple, templated Python DSL allows the same package to be built in many configurations, with different compilers, flags, dependencies, and dependency versions.

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Cooling exascale at LLNL

July 16, 2019

During a panel on different cooling solutions, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory systems engineer Chris DePrater detailed the lab's plans for the B453 Simulation Facility, used to run nuclear weapons simulations as part of the NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship program.

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LLNL’s Lassen Supercomputer Leaps to No. 10 on TOP500 List, Sierra Remains No. 2

June 18, 2019

LLNL’s Lassen joined Sierra in the top 10 of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, announced at the 2019 International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

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LLNL, Foundation Seek to Set Up ALS Consortium

June 14, 2019

LLNL and the Livermore Lab Foundation may establish a consortium to leverage the Lab’s computing capabilities to identify causal factors for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Redesign of Cardioid's Heartbeat Simulation Brings Code One Step Closer to Clinical Use

June 11, 2019

LLNL researchers have optimized a code that models the human heartbeat for next-generation, GPU-based supercomputers, with an eye on developing it for clinical settings.

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Preparing Scientific Applications for Exascale Computing

June 11, 2019

Next-generation computing systems are projected to surpass the speed of today's supercomputers by 5–10 times. This article explains OpenMP-relevant initiatives under the Exascale Computing Project.

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NFL Comes to Lab to Hear Latest on TBI Research

June 5, 2019

Officials from the National Football League visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently to hear how the Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories are using high-performance computing and artificial intelligence to advance scientific understanding of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Stephen Herbein Keeps His SC Conference Connection Thriving

May 28, 2019

LLNL computer scientist Stephen Herbein was a student volunteer during his first SC conference. Now he's on the planning committee.

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Kathryn Mohror Completes Tenure as S&TR Scientific Editor

May 7, 2019

In addition to her day job—researcher, group leader, contributor to the computer science community—Kathryn Mohror spent a year as scientific editor of LLNL’s science and technology magazine.

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How Machine Learning Could Change Science

May 3, 2019

Fred Streitz explains LLNL's work to exploit the relationship between simulation and experiments to build predictive codes.

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Opening Supercomputing to All Agencies

April 29, 2019

Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry wrote last May that “the future is in supercomputers,” but until recently, only a handful of agencies have been able to tap into that kind of power. But times have changed, according to Ian Lee, open source lead at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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