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DOE machines dominate record-breaking SC18

Nov. 20, 2018- 
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and the 30th anniversary of the annual International Conference of High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18), held Nov. 11-16 in Dallas, did not disappoint. The conference, which broke records for attendees and exhibitors, saw Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) once again make its presence felt on the world’s biggest...

Lawrence Livermore receives USDA award for purchasing bio-based materials

Nov. 15, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) received an award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Bio-preferred Program for purchasing bio-based materials that includes all the compostable products used in Laboratory cafeterias and bio-based cleaning products used by the custodial division. The award, presented to LLNL, was "For your leadership in advancing USDA’s goals...

Call for HPC for Energy Innovation proposals

Nov. 14, 2018- 
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative today issued its first joint solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) and the High Performance Computing for Materials Program (HPC4Mtls). The call for proposals seeks American companies interested in collaborating with DOE’s national...

Sierra honored with Top Supercomputing Achievement from HPCwire

Nov. 13, 2018- 
The high performance computing publication HPCwire on Tuesday handed Lawrence Livermore Laboratory (LLNL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) their Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards for the Top Supercomputing Achievement of 2018, recognizing the launch of the world’s two fastest computing systems. Representatives from LLNL and ORNL accepted the awards for Sierra and Summit...

Clark wins Davidson Award for Plasma Physics

Nov. 13, 2018- 
Daniel Clark, leader of NIF’s Capsule Modeling Working Group within LLNL’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program, has been named the winner of the 2018 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics. The annual award is presented by AIP (American Institute of Physics) Publishing, in collaboration with the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics, to recognize outstanding...

Sierra reaches higher altitudes, takes No. 2 spot on list of world's fastest supercomputers

Nov. 12, 2018- 
Sierra, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) newest supercomputer, rose to second place on the list of the world’s fastest computing systems, TOP500 List representatives announced Monday at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis conference (SC18) in Dallas. LLNL’s Sierra, an IBM/NVIDIA system developed for the National Nuclear...

Lawrence Livermore Director Emeritus Tarter looks back at the history of 'The American Lab'

Nov. 12, 2018- 
Bruce Tarter, director emeritus at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will discuss the history of the Laboratory and the making of his book, "The American Lab," at the Livermore Public Library, at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The program will be held in the Community Rooms at the Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore. Admission is free. "The American Lab" is the first...

New computing cluster coming to Livermore

Nov. 8, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in partnership with Penguin Computing, AMD and Mellanox Technologies, will accept delivery of Corona, a new unclassified high-performance computing (HPC) cluster that will provide unique capabilities for Lab researchers and industry partners to explore data science, machine learning and big data analytics. The system will be provided by Penguin...

Lawrence Livermore National Security awards 40 groups as part of Community Gift Program

Nov. 8, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), the contract manager for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has announced the recipients for the 2018 LLNS Community Gift Program. These gifts, totaling $100,000, reflect LLNS' commitment to local communities. LLNS received applications totaling more than $440,000 in requests. Forty applications were selected for awards totaling...

Central Valley students inspired by STEM Day

Nov. 8, 2018- 
Ashley Love, an eighth-grade student at Henry Elementary School in Stockton, wants to be an engineer when she grows up. What better way to learn about engineering than at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)? Love was one of more than 180 students from San Joaquin and Sacramento counties who visited LLNL last week for STEM Day at the Laboratory, a daylong interactive event focused...

The future of carbon storage in forests

Nov. 8, 2018- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers and collaborators are looking to the future when it comes to carbon uptake in the forest ecosystem. Soil plays a major role in a healthy climate system. As the largest repository of carbon on land, soil can directly affect the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  When more nitrogen is concentrated in soil, the amount...

Science on Saturday features proteins in action

Nov. 7, 2018- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore scientists Matthias Frank and Megan Shelby, along with Erin McKay, a biology teacher from Tracy High School, will present "Biomolecular Action Movies: Flash Imaging With X-ray Lasers," the final lecture in the Science on Saturday series themed "Marvelous Machines," at the Chabot Space and Science Center. WHAT: Proteins are nature's machines, performing tasks from...

Science and Engineering Seminar to focus on 'Theory to Practice: How Science is Done'

Nov. 7, 2018- 
WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Las Positas College (LPC) partner on a special presentation, "Theory to Practice: How Science is Done," as part of the Science and Engineering Seminar Series. The series provides LLNL scientists and engineers a forum to share basic and applied research with LPC students and faculty and the Tri-Valley community. The presentations typically...

New algorithms to predict power grid impacts from hackers, earthquakes and … squirrels?

Nov. 7, 2018- 
What would it take for an entire American city to lose power? What circumstances and failures in the electrical grid’s infrastructure would lead to a dramatic, long-term blackout? And what weak points could utility companies invest in to help prevent a catastrophic shutdown? A three-year project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is attempting to answer those questions using a...

LLNL-Norway collaboration seeks improved predictive models for cancer outcomes

Nov. 6, 2018- 
A group of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently visited the Cancer Registry of Norway (CRN) in Oslo to discuss the progress of ongoing collaborations between the two institutions aimed at applying big data analytics to predicting cancer risk and mortality. The U.S.-Norwegian partnership began with a project headed by LLNL researcher Ghaleb Abdulla to use cervical...

LLNL captures five commercialization grants to advance research and technology projects

Nov. 6, 2018- 
It’s turned into a banner year for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers garnering major grants through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) program. In 2016 and 2017, the first two years of the TCF program, Lab scientists and engineers received only two of the larger cooperative development grants – one each year. In this year alone,...

Models show natural swings in the Earth's climate contribute to Arctic sea ice loss

Nov. 5, 2018- 
Arctic sea ice loss in the last 37 year is not due to humans alone. New research by a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and collaborators show that Arctic sea ice loss is enhanced by natural climate fluctuations such as El Niños and La Niñas. With manmade greenhouse gases on top of the natural climate variability, the decrease in sea ice is even more severe than climate...

Research team achieves record performance for 3D-printed graphene aerogel supercapacitors

Nov. 2, 2018- 
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) have created 3D-printed supercapacitor electrodes capable of achieving record-breaking performance and overcoming conventional tradeoffs for supercapacitors in the process.   In a paper published Oct. 18 by the online journal Joule, the joint research team demonstrated 3D-printed...

Celebrating diversity and inclusion in tech

Nov. 2, 2018- 
The annual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is the premier international gathering of women in computing. This September, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) sent 43 employees to GHC in Houston, Texas — the largest attendance from any national laboratory. Named after American computer scientist Grace Hopper (1906–1992), the conference packs three days of technical and career sessions...

Test your science know-how at Discovery Day

Nov. 1, 2018- 
You’re standing on the moon and you need to toss a simple rock into a basket, about 18 feet away. Same challenge, different venue — now it’s a park and a pinecone. Move into a classroom and try to chuck an eraser or a wad of paper, not at a classmate, but into the trash bin. How much thrust do you need? What angle do you need to make your throw? What kind of factors do wind or the weight of...