'Science on Saturday' presents Fusion Modeling Feb. 8

The second presentation in the Science on Saturday series is Saturday, Feb. 8, with Lawrence Livermore scientist Frederico Fiuza and Los Gatos High School teacher Dan Burns  presenting "Fusion Modeling: Using Big Computers to Understand One of the Universe's Biggest Secrets." For a preview of the talk, visit YouTube.

Fusion energy is a possible long-term energy solution to provide the energy needed to drive economic growth and social development. Harnessing the energy of the sun and stars here on Earth requires a detailed understanding of the behavior of matter at extreme temperature and density conditions. Massive simulations, using up to one million computer processors (equivalent to hundreds of thousands of laptops working simultaneously) play a critical role in this research. The challenges associated with fusion modeling, and how the outstanding computational resources and advanced computer graphics at LLNL help us to create a miniature sun on Earth will be discussed.

There are two sessions being offered: 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore.

Admission is free of charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no pre-registration. Directions, maps and a complete list of lectures are available on the Science Education website.

Presentations may also be viewed online via Livestream. If you tried tuning in to last week's Science on Saturday stream but experienced a choppy feed, we have a solution for the bandwidth issue in place. We anticipate the video stream to be clean, clear and uninterrupted this week.

Science on Saturday is a series of lectures for middle and high school students and is presented by LLNL's Science Education Program.