News

LLNL and Amazon Web Services to cooperate on standardized software stack for HPC

May 26, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to define the role of leadership-class high performance computing (HPC) in a future where cloud HPC is ubiquitous.    Under the MOU, LLNL and AWS will explore software and hardware solutions spanning cloud and on-premises HPC environments, with the goal of...

HPCIC webinar series to highlight LLNL/Hartree Center industry engagement and joint research

May 19, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the United Kingdom’s Hartree Centre are launching a new webinar series intended to spur collaboration with industry through discussions on computational science, high performance computing (HPC) and data science. The first Hartree–Livermore joint webinar on Computational Science (HLCS) takes place May 24, where speakers from the Hartree...

Lab internship program bridges gap between degree and military service

May 19, 2022 - 
Justin Witkowski came to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for a unique internship opportunity, one that would allow him to gain some practical experience during the gap between completing his undergraduate degree and starting his military career in the Navy. Witkowski started his LLNL internship in February under the Academic Cooperation Program (ACP). ACP offers newly...

Going beyond Mother Nature’s molecules to target radioactive metals

May 16, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at Penn State University are improving natural molecules that would help target specific radioactive elements that are found in nuclear waste or used in nuclear medicine. Even the most effective molecules found in nature, which underwent billions of years of evolution, can still be improved for non-natural...

As big as it gets: Hunga volcano comparable to Krakatoa

May 12, 2022 - 
The January 2022 eruption of the Hunga volcano in Tonga was the largest volcanic eruption in the 21st century, and the largest recorded since the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. New research by an international team from 17 countries including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist Keehoon Kim demonstrates that, based on atmospheric pressure waves recorded by global...

Polymer Production Enclave fully operational

May 11, 2022 - 
Through a strong partnership between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC), a new concept of concurrent engineering and accelerated development became a reality with the start of an enclave designed to deliver key components for the U.S. nuclear warhead modernization programs.  Completed in 2021 as a state-of-the-art design and...

With better algal forecasts comes safer water

May 9, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators have used a new technique to better forecast the level of algal toxins that accumulate in Lake Erie every year. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are global phenomena and, in freshwater lakes and reservoirs, are caused by cyanobacteria of the genus Microcystis that produce microcystins, a suite of amino-acid-like toxins...

LLNL honored as a top STEM workplace by AISES ‘Winds Of Change’ Magazine

May 5, 2022 - 
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Winds of Change magazine has named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as one of the Top 50 STEM Workplaces in 2022. This marks the second consecutive year that LLNL has been honored as an organization setting the standard for indigenous STEM professionals. LLNL shares this honor alongside other top companies that are...

NNSA and Cornelis Networks to collaborate on next-generation high-performance networking

May 4, 2022 - 
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the award of an $18 million contract to Cornelis Networks for collaborative research and development in next-generation networking for supercomputing systems at the NNSA laboratories The Next-Generation High Performance Computing Network (NG-HPCN) project for the NNSA’s Advanced...

HPC4Energy Innovation initiative launches new call for proposals

May 3, 2022 - 
The Department of Energy (DOE) today launched the spring 2022 solicitation for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, seeking proposals from industry that address key energy and decarbonization-related challenges in domestic manufacturing. The latest HPC4EI funding opportunity is sponsored by the HPC4Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program, one of the pillars of...

Laser-based ultrasound detects defect-producing features in metal 3D printing

April 28, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed a new all-optical ultrasound technique capable of performing on-demand characterization of melt tracks and detecting formation of defects in a popular metal 3D printing process. In a paper published by Scientific Reports, Lab researchers propose a diagnostic using surface acoustic waves (SAW), generated by laser...

Researchers update measurement ratios key for inertial confinement fusion experiments

April 27, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have refined the measurement of the gamma (γ)-to-neutron branching ratio in deuterium-tritium (D-T) fusion reactions. This reaction is a viable candidate for fusion energy, as it is known to have the largest cross section at center-of-mass energies below 500 keV. There are different branches of this reaction. These include an...

LLNL partners with city of Livermore to reduce carbon emissions

April 25, 2022 - 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the city of Livermore to collaborate on advancing climate action in Livermore and build community-wide resilience to climate change impacts. The city’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), anticipated to be adopted by the Livermore City Council this summer, will create a roadmap to achieve carbon...

NASA funds LLNL to demonstrate 'replicator' 3D printer to produce cartilage in space

April 21, 2022 - 
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced April 15 it has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a private company with funding to develop LLNL’s revolutionary volumetric additive manufacturing (VAM) 3D printing technology to produce artificial cartilage tissue in space. The award, one of eight projects selected by NASA’s In Space Production...

New laser-based volumetric additive manufacturing method can 3D print glass in seconds

April 19, 2022 - 
Versatile and ubiquitous, glass is increasingly found in specialized applications such as fiber optics, consumer electronics and microfluidics for “lab-on-a-chip” devices. However, traditional glassmaking techniques can be costly and slow, and 3D-printing glass often results in rough textures, making them unsuitable for smooth lenses. Using a new laser-based Volumetric Additive...

Speeding up detection of climate change response to emission reductions

April 14, 2022 - 
If humans decrease their greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, how quickly would we detect a slowdown in global warming? In a recent study published in Nature Communications, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) climate scientist Mark Zelinka and collaborators developed a novel approach to more quickly see the temperature response to strong emissions reductions. “Global...

LLNL garners 'A' grade in OPCW environmental test

April 13, 2022 - 
Even after taking highly stressful exams in college, grades can still be important. Just ask researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Forensic Science Center (FSC). Every fall, chemists and other researchers from the FSC spend two weeks of long days undertaking the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) environmental proficiency test. Livermore...

Tri-lab researchers focus on tantalum’s strength from ambient to extreme conditions

April 12, 2022 - 
Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories have teamed up to better understand the strength of tantalum, an important platform-development material in the tri-lab community. The work builds from the understanding that tantalum remains in a single solid phase across the full range of conditions examined. This includes conditions accessed by the...

Americans move to more solar and wind power in 2021

April 11, 2022 - 
The national economy is reenergizing, quite literally.  In 2021, Americans used 5% more energy than in 2020, according to the most recent energy flow charts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Each year, LLNL releases flow charts that illustrate the nation's consumption and use of energy. In 2021, Americans used 97.3 quads (quadrillion BTU) of energy, which is 4.4...

Three Lab postdocs selected to attend the 71st annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting

April 4, 2022 - 
Three Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) postdoctoral appointees have been selected to attend the 71st annual Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany this summer thanks to the University of California President’s 2022 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows Program. The three selected to attend are Magi Mettry, Johanna Schwartz and Dane Sterbentz. The Lindau Nobel Laureate...