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About the Livermore Valley Open Campus

LVOC Rendering

Open for Business: The Livermore Valley Open Campus is located at the southeast area of the Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories.

With the support of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration and Office of Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories/California are working collaboratively to create an open, unclassified research and development space called the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC).

The motivation for the LVOC stems from current and future national security challenges that require increased coupling to the private sector to understand threats and deploy solutions in areas such as high performance computing, energy and environmental security, cyber security, economic security, and non-proliferation.

Now, the LVOC houses conference space and collaboration facilities that connect industry and Laboratory partners. Ultimately, the LVOC will consist of an approximately 110-acre parcel along the eastern edge of the Livermore Laboratory and Sandia sites bordering Greenville Road.

The LVOC is modeled after research and development campuses found at major industrial research parks and other U.S. Department of Energy laboratories with campus-like security, a set of business and operating rules devised to enhance and accelerate international scientific collaboration and partnerships with U.S. government agencies, industry and academia.

The LVOC will grow to house additional conference space, collaboration facilities and a visitor's center to support educational and research activities.


  • Enhance the two laboratories' national security missions by substantially increasing engagement with the private sector and academic community.
  • Stay at the forefront of the science, technology and engineering fields.
  • Ensure a quality future workforce by expanding opportunities for open engagement of the broader scientific community.

Research Areas

Initial research areas for the LVOC:

  • High Performance Computing
  • CyberSecurity Science
  • Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) and Transportation Research
  • High Energy Density Physics
  • Climate and Energy Research

Architecture Plan

The architecture of the LVOC is planned in stages; first steps including:

  • High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC)
  • Open access to Sandia's CRF
  • Planning for an unclassified computing center


For more information about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore Valley Open Campus initiatives, contact Scott Wilson at 925-423-3125 or e-mail.

For information about Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory High Performance Computing Innovation Center facility use, contact Krista Ladner at 925-422-1842 or e-mail.

Information about Sandia Labs/CA Livermore Valley Open Campus activities is available here.

Transportation Case Study

Making Impossible Efficiencies Possible

High-performance computing (HPC) is essential for the development of 23 aerodynamic drag-reduction devices for semi-trucks. HPC predictions were validated by wind tunnel testing, showing that these devices used in combination could increase fuel efficiency by as much as 17 percent, a $24B savings opportunity for the US trucking industry. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory collaborates with Navistar Inc., NASA's Ames Research Center, the U.S. Air Force, and other industry partners on this project.

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HPC Predicted Drag Resistance on a Truck

Energy Case Study

Forecasting the Availability of a Renewable Resource

Livermore Livermore National Laboratory researchers used meteorological observations and wind farm data in conjunction with high-performance computing to help industry partners understand the connections between the atmosphere, wind power, and the electrical grid. This technical approach—joining meteorologists, engineers, and computer scientists—makes it possible to address a problem of this complexity, where relatively small-scale turbulence features can significantly shift power generation.

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HPC Predicted Drag Resistance on a Truck

Public Health Case Study

Staying on the Cutting Edge of Innovation

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA) for fast detection of any disease-causing agent whose DNA has been sequenced. This unique tool has been licensed by MOgene LC, a St. Louis, Mo.-based company, for use by food safety professionals, law enforcement, medical professionals and others. High-performance computing (HPC) has played a crucial role in meeting the requirements of designing the probe sequences and updating them regularly. In addition, raw data from the LLMDA scanner is analyzed using Laboratory-developed algorithms that run on HPC machines.

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HPC Predicted Drag Resistance on a Truck

The High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC)

HPCIC is a public/private partnership with a mission to boost American industrial competitiveness, scientific research, education and national security through broadening adoption and application of supercomputing technology. By providing U.S. companies with facilities, secure supercomputer access and a collaboration platform supported by members of the computing ecosystem, the HPCIC fosters innovation through the use of scientific modeling, predictive simulation and advanced analytics running on the world's fastest, most efficiently operated, massively parallel computers.

Industrial partner projects focus on big, complex challenges and opportunities like smart grid, weather forecasting for renewable energy sources, alternative energy and transportation technologies, medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical and medical device development, and additive manufacturing, as well as cross-cutting technologies, such as virtual prototyping and testing, multi-science research, software application optimization, development tools, big data visualization, and exascale computer architecture development. Individual companies can also access a full range of trusted national laboratory scientific, algorithmic and application software support options through the HPCIC.

The LVOC's High Performance Computing Innovation Center is located in Livermore off Greenville Road.


i-GATE (Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence) is one of twelve state-designated Innovation Hubs, or i-Hubs. It is administered by the City of Livermore and governed by a board of directors. LLNL is a member of the i-GATE partnership. The state i-Hubs are intended to stimulate partnerships, economic development, and job creation around specific research clusters. Learn more about i-GATE.

News and information

Lawrence Livermore and Cool Earth Solar receive $1.7 million for renewable energy demonstration project (LLNL news release, May 2013)

RFI released for Livermore Valley Open Campus (LLNL news release, May 2013)

California utilities partner with Lawrence Livermore to improve state's energy grid (LLNL news release, December 2012)

Partnership with IBM to build supercomputers celebrated (Newsline, November 2012)

Incubator Busy Growing Energy Technologies (Science and Technology Review, June 2012)

LLNL garners ‘Best in Class’ award from NNSA (NNSA press release, April 2012)

The Tri-Valley is Emerging as a New Center for Innovation (Hacienda Network, February 2012)

Video: LLNL opens High Performance Computing Innovation Center for collaboration with industry (video, June 2011)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory opens High Performance Computing Innovation Center for collaboration with industry (LLNL news release, June 2011)

Livermore Valley Open Campus (handout in .pdf March 2011)

New campus set to transform two national laboratories (Science Technology Review, March 2011)

Koonce named principal lead for open campus (Lab News, May 2010)

Garamendi bill would advance ‘open campus’ (Lab News, May 2010)

NNSA approves Livermore Valley Open Campus (Lab News, August 2010)

NNSA approves Livermore Valley Open Campus concept Scientific collaboration key goal of more interactive approach (LLNL news release, August 2009)