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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...

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 gold aerogels are so light that they could be carried on the back of fragile insects. Cover image photo by Joshua DeOtte/LLNLAer...

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...

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...

NIF Army veteran attends Medal of Honor ceremony

Nov. 11, 2019- 
It’s been more than 10 years since John Ruiz, a mechanical designer in the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) Facilities and Infrastructure Systems group, left the Army. But last summer, he found himself transported back to one of the most harrowing days of his Army career at the Medal of Honor ceremony for his former squad leader, Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia. Ruiz was a senior at Tracy...

New research finds lead toughens up under extremes

Nov. 11, 2019- 
In a new paper published as an “Editors’ Suggestion” in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has demonstrated that lead — a metal so soft that it is difficult to machine at ambient conditions — responds similarly to other much stronger metals when rapidly compressed at high pressure. The paper also was highlighted by a “Viewpoint” in Physi...

Join the largest online wargaming event ever

Nov. 7, 2019- 
The Project on Nuclear Gaming (PoNG) is hosting  an online playfest for its first game, SIGNAL, a video game focused on understanding the issues surrounding nuclear deterrence and strategic stability. Thousands have signed up to play SIGNAL since the public launch in May 2019 and the experimental wargaming concept has been featured in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Science. On...

Scholar learns from NIF’s ‘Tasting Platter of HED Science’

Nov. 7, 2019- 
As a kid, Raspberry Simpson found inspiration in the mysteries of the universe while spending many hours after school inside New York’s Hayden Planetarium. “I don’t really think I knew then I could be a scientist as a career, but I knew I was really interested in it,” Simpson said. “And I learned through lots of great teachers that this could be a job eventually.” This year, the MIT gra...

LLNL researchers win four R&D 100 awards

Nov. 7, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have garnered four awards among the top 100 industrial inventions worldwide. The trade journal R&D World Magazine announced the winners of the annual awards, sometimes called the “Oscars of invention,” in an online post and emails to winners. The awards will be presented Dec. 5 during the 57th annual program, a black-tie gala at...

Argon is not so noble in the Earth’s core

Nov. 6, 2019- 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (UoS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and The University of Chicago, have discovered that at thermodynamic conditions mimicking that of Earth’s core, argon can react with nickel, forming a stable Argon-Nickel (ArNi) compound. The LLNL-led research was...

Budil honored for her work in national security

Nov. 5, 2019- 
Kim Budil, principal associate director for Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has made a career of advancing national security science and strengthening the partnership between the national laboratory and the University of California (UC) system. In recognition of outstanding achievements in both academia and public service, Budil will be...

Energy Department announces $4 million for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation

Nov. 4, 2019- 
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $4 million for new projects to support manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity and accelerating manufacturing innovation. The High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative, managed by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is seeking qualified industry...

Nuclear Science and Security Consortium meets at LLNL

Nov. 1, 2019- 
Once a year, a community of university professors, students and national lab researchers who focus on nuclear science and security gather to share research updates and develop collaborations, among other tasks. Earlier this month, the group — known as the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) — held its 2019 fall workshop at the Laboratory. The 2019 NSSC workshop and NSSC...

Explore your inner scientist at Discovery Day

Nov. 1, 2019- 
More than 30,000 people — future scientists, aspiring engineers and their parents and friends — will have the opportunity to experience science up close at the annual Discovery Day, the pinnacle event of the weeklong Bay Area Science Festival. The science extravaganza will be held at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Each year...

Lab leads effort to model proteins tied to cancer

Oct. 31, 2019- 
Computational scientists, biophysicists and statisticians from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) are leading a massive multi-institutional collaboration that has developed a machine learning-based simulation for next-generation supercomputers capable of modeling protein interactions and mutations that play a role in many forms of cancer....