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Lab and Las Positas College celebrate five years of engineering workforce pathway program

Dec. 10, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leadership and employees, along with faculty, administrators and students of Las Positas College, gathered at the school on Dec. 4 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the award-winning Engineering Technology Program (ETP), also known as Vets2Tech.   A partnership of the Lab, Las Positas, the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, the T...

NIF experiments draw interest at APS conference

Dec. 5, 2019- 
Ongoing experiments on the sun’s nucleosynthesis (element creation) processes and an update on progress toward achieving ignition were among the dozen invited talks about NIF-related research at the American Physical Society plasma physics conference this fall. The talks, which highlight the importance of NIF & Photon Science Directorate research, drew widespread interest from attendees of...

LLNL’s presence in HPC shines bright at SC19

Dec. 4, 2019- 
The 2019 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis— better known simply as SC19 — returned to Denver, and once again Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) made its presence known as a force in supercomputing. The conference, attended by nearly 14,000 people representing 118 countries, kicked off with all-day tutorials and workshops on...

LLNL champions neurodiversity with internships

Dec. 4, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has made big headway toward becoming an employer that embraces neurodiversity with hopes that through a successful internship program, neurodivergent individuals will look to LLNL as an employer of choice. To celebrate the Neurodiversity Initiative, an internship collaboration with Orion Academy and the California Regional Centers, LLNL recently...

Researchers uncover viral predators in soil

Dec. 3, 2019- 
Viruses impact nearly all organisms on Earth, with waves of influence in agriculture, health and biogeochemical processes. However, very little is known about RNA viruses in the environment, and even less is known about their diversity and ecology in soil, one of the most complex microbial systems. But Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have helped discover that RNA...

Frustraum hohlraum design is shaping up

Dec. 2, 2019- 
Hohlraums shaped like cylinders have been the workhorse of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research for three decades. But now an angular hohlraum named “Frustraum” could become a key to the next stages of ICF research at the National Ignition Facility. The LLNL-designed Frustraum could enable a significant boost in the amount of laser-induced energy absorbed by an ICF fuel capsule, an...

Additive Manufacturing Lab wins tech transfer award

Nov. 26, 2019- 
A trio of Lab employees and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have netted a national technology transfer award for their work in the creation of LLNL’s Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory (AML). The “best in class” award, from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Transfer Working Group (TTWG), was presented Oct. 23 during a meeting in Augusta, Georgia, hosted by Savannah...

LLNL researchers turn to microbe beads to increase U.S. supply of rare earth metals

Nov. 25, 2019- 
To help increase the U.S. supply of rare earth elements, a Critical Materials Institute team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is using microbe beads to recover rare earth elements from consumer electronic waste. The team developed a scalable biosorbent material – a microbe-embedded polymer – by combining material science with microbiology. The research appears in the...

LLNL-led team awarded Best Paper at SC19 for modeling cancer-causing protein interactions

Nov. 22, 2019- 
A panel of judges at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19) on Thursday awarded a multi-institutional team led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory computer scientists with the conference’s Best Paper award. The paper, entitled “Massively Parallel Infrastructure for Adaptive Multiscale Simulations: Modeling RAS Initiation...

Lawrence Livermore steps into grid modernization

Nov. 22, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will receive funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) over the next three years to strengthen, transform and improve the nation’s energy infrastructure. LLNL is the lead on three projects: Using sensors to identify faulty or aging components of the nation’s energy grid system In its first stage, this application will identify urgent failures...

LLNL wins 2019 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for El Capitan

Nov. 20, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), along with the Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories and Cray Inc., garnered HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards for Top Supercomputing Achievement for 2019. The awards recognize the announcements earlier this year of the Department of Energy’s first three exascale-class machines: Aurora, Frontier and El Capitan. All three...

Accelerating new discoveries in nuclear physics

Nov. 20, 2019- 
Three stories underground, in a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) building that dates back to the 1960s, three new accelerators are rapidly expanding research capabilities. These powerful diagnostic and imaging tools enable scientists to produce and detect isotopes, explore nuclear reactions, evaluate unknown material and peer inside heavily shielded objects. “Revitalizing LLNL’s...

Upgrades coming to LLNL’s Corona computing cluster

Nov. 19, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is collaborating with Penguin Computing Inc. and graphics card manufacturer AMD to upgrade its unclassified computing cluster Corona to roughly double the amount of graphics processors (GPUs) the system previously had. The upgrade will provide significantly greater performance and bring additional capabilities in artificial intelligence and...

Penguin/Intel 'Magma' computing cluster coming to LLNL

Nov. 18, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is welcoming the newest addition to its already powerful supercomputing lineup, a commodity cluster system built by Penguin Computing Inc. that will perform vital calculations for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Penguin Computing, along with its partners Intel and CoolIT, announced it has shipped LLNL’s latest Linux-based...

New TOP500 List unveiled: Sierra stays No. 2 with six other LLNL supercomputers in top 100

Nov. 18, 2019- 
The latest TOP500 List of the world's most powerful computers was released today at the 2019 International Supercomputing Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC19) in Denver. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL's) IBM/NVIDIA Sierra supercomputer held steady at the No. 2 spot, one of seven Lab systems to crack the top 100, including a brand...

New ultralight gold foam shimmers in the limelight

Nov. 15, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created the lightest gold foam to date. The new form of ultralight gold aerogel foam has applications in electronics, catalysis, sensors and energy conversion and storage. The research appears in the journal Nano Letters. It will be published in the November issue, and was selected for the supplementary journal cover. The...

Lawrence Livermore wins three regional FLC awards

Nov. 14, 2019- 
Three teams of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists, each supported by a Lab business development executive, netted regional awards for technology transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) last week. This year’s awards, one for technology development, another for commercialization success and a third for partnership collaboration, were presented Nov. 6 during...

Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC announces recipients of community gift program

Nov. 14, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2019 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $150,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities.  See the photo gallery. LLNS received applications totaling more than $444,000 in requests. Forty-one applications were...

LLNL to receive DOE funding for new HPC4EI projects

Nov. 12, 2019- 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the 12 projects awarded funding under the latest solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Program (HPC4EI), a public/private collaboration that seeks to leverage DOE’s high performance computing facilities at national labs for industry to improve energy efficiency and streamline manufacturing processes. The...

Institute turns over a new LEAF in energy security

Nov. 12, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has opened a center that will develop new materials for energy applications from inception to technology demonstration. The Laboratory of Energy Applications for the Future (LEAF) was formed to coordinate research efforts for energy- and environment-related technologies and capabilities. “LEAF will address crucial science and technology...