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Metamaterials: Using Supercomputers to Mold Electromagnetics

July 24, 2017

Sandia researchers modeled the electromagnetics of complex systems on two DOE supercomputers that can solve tens of millions of problems in hours: Trinity (LANL) and Sequoia (LLNL). This research has led to impressive advances in metamaterials research that will boost the substances’ flexibility, efficiency, adaptability and other properties.

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DOE's HPC4Mfg seeks industry proposals to advance energy tech

June 12, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy's High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program, designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy efficient manufacturing, is seeking a new round of proposals from industry to compete for $3 million.

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Accelerating Simulation Software with Graphics Processing Units

May 8, 2017

To address the challenges of transitioning to the next generation of high performance computing (HPC), Livermore is bringing together designers of hardware, software, and applications to rethink and redesign their HPC elements and interactions for the exascale era (i.e., systems capable of a billion billion floating point operations per second or 1018 flops).

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Preparing for Sierra, LLNL's next state-of-the-art supercomputer

April 21, 2017

In late 2017, IBM will begin delivery of Sierra, the latest in a series of leading-edge Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program supercomputers. Delivering peak speeds of up to 150 petaflops (1015 floating-point operations per second), Sierra is projected to provide at least four to six times the performance of Sequoia, Livermore’s current flagship supercomputer. To run efficiently on Sierra, applications must be modified to achieve a level of task division and coordination well beyond what previous systems demanded.

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Computational innovation boosts manufacturing

January 16, 2017

The DOE's High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program aims to advance clean-energy technologies, increase the efficiency of manufacturing processes, accelerate innovation, reduce the time it takes to bring new technologies to market, and improve the quality of products. The program unites the world-class high-performance computing (HPC) resources and expertise of Lawrence Livermore and other national laboratories with U.S. manufacturers to deliver solutions that could revolutionize the manufacturing industry.

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Two LLNL CTS-1 cluster systems named to TOP100 supercomputer list

December 12, 2016

Two Penguin Computing systems installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Quartz and Jade, were ranked 41st and 42nd on the TOP100 list of the world's fastest supercomputers. The announcement came during the SC16 supercomputing conference, held November 13–18, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The systems were procured under NNSA’s Tri-Laboratory Commodity Technology Systems program, or CTS-1, to bolster computing for national security at Los Alamos, Sandia, and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories.

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High-Performance Computing Takes Aim at Cancer

November 23, 2016

A historic partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is applying the formidable computing resources at Livermore and other DOE national laboratories to advance cancer research and treatment. The effort will help researchers and physicians better understand the complexity of cancer, choose the best treatment options for every patient, and reveal possible patterns hidden in vast patient and experimental data sets.

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LLNL team’s molecular dynamics code among Gordon Bell Prize finalists

November 21, 2016

A Lawrence Livermore team's dramatically improved first-principles molecular dynamics code that promises to enable new computer simulation applications was one of the finalists for the 2016 Gordon Bell Prize. The team presented its ground-breaking project at the 2016 supercomputing conference (SC16) held in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 12-18, 2016. "Modeling Dilute Solutions using First-Principles Molecular Dynamics: Computing more than a Million Atoms with over a Million Cores," was the title of the Livermore team's submission for the competition. Using a robust new algorithm, the Livermore team has developed an O(N)complexity solver for electronic structure problems with fully controllable numerical error.

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Lawrence Livermore to lead "co-design" center for exascale computing ecosystem

November 11, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was one of four national labs selected to lead a "co-design" center by the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (link is external) (ECP) as part of a four-year, $48 million funding award. Each co-design center will receive $3 million annually. LLNL's Tzanio Kolev is the director of the newly established ECP co-design Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations (CEED). "Co-design" refers to the collaborative and interdisciplinary engineering process for developing capable exascale systems.

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Scientists selected to lead Exascale Computing Project software development

November 10, 2016

Lawrence Livermore scientists are among those who have been awarded funding to develop software for the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (link is external) (ECP). The ECP selected 35 software development proposals representing 25 research and academic organizations; Livermore computer scientists will lead six of the projects and are collaborators on another seven. The awards, totaling $34 million for the first year of funding, cover many components of the software stack for exascale systems.

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DOE HPC4Mfg Program to help jumpstart clean energy technologies

August 30, 2016

A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to spur the use of high performance supercomputers to advance U.S. manufacturing has funded 13 new industry projects for a total of $3.8 million. Experts at Lawrence Livermore and other DOE national laboratories will work directly with manufacturing industry members to teach them how to adopt or advance their use of high performance computing (HPC) to address manufacturing challenges with a goal of increasing energy efficiency, reducing environmental impacts, and advancing clean energy technologies.

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DOE funds "HPC for manufacturing" projects

February 17, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and partners announced 10 new industry projects to advance manufacturing using high-performance computing (HPC) under a DOE program. Industry projects ranging from improved turbine blades for aircraft engines and reduced heat loss in electronics to waste reduction in paper manufacturing and improved fiberglass production are among the first to be selected for funding and partnerships with national labs under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program. LLNL leads the program and partners with Lawrence Berkeley and Oak Ridge National Laboratories (LBNL and ORNL).

Each of the 10 Phase I projects will be funded at approximately $300,000 for a total of just under $3 million. Selected companies will partner with national labs, which will provide expertise in and access to high performance computing systems aimed at high-impact challenges. The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) created this program to advance clean energy technologies, increase the efficiency of manufacturing processes, accelerate innovation, shorten the time it takes to bring new technologies to market, and improve the quality of products.

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Sequoia enables Gordon Bell prize-winning simulation

December 7, 2015

The full power of Lawrence Livermore’s Sequoia supercomputer played a key role in the Earth mantle convection simulation that won the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize, announced at SC15 Supercomputing Conference. LLNL’s onsite IBM analyst Roy Musselman and Livermore Computing’s Scott Futral were acknowledged for their contributions to the project in carrying out the Sequoia calculations.

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LLNL and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to promote industry adoption of supercomputing

September 16, 2015

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RFI) will combine decades of expertise to help American industry and businesses expand use of high performance computing (HPC) under a signed memorandum of understanding. Livermore and RPI will look to bridge the gap between the levels of computing conducted at their institutions and the typical levels found in industry. Scientific and engineering software applications capable of running on HPC platforms are a prime area of interest.

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