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October
2001

The Laboratory in the News

Supercomputing Resources Are Vital to Advancing Science
Commentary by Dona Crawford

Sharing the Power of Supercomputers
The rise of computer simulation in scientific studies means that access to powerful supercomputers is crucial.

Further Developments in Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers
Advances in ultrashort-pulse lasers are leading to new applications and better science for the U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program.

Simulating How the Wind Blows
Livermore scientists can predict how chemical or biological agents will move around just one building or over an entire region.

Remembering E. O. Lawrence
We commemorate the life of the Laboratory's namesake and founder.

Patents and Awards

 


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  • Sharing the Power of Supercomputers
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    Lawrence Livermore created the Multiprogrammatic and Institutional Computing (M&IC) Initiative in 1996 to ensure that all Livermore programs and researchers have the possibility of accessing high-performance computers. The initiative, a partnership between the Laboratory and its research programs, serves more than a thousand users, including outside collaborators, with some of the most powerful computers available. Under the M&IC Initiative, the Livermore Computing Center has acquired increasingly more powerful clusters, or groups, of computers, including the TeraCluster2000 and the unclassified ASCI Blue and ASCI Frost supercomputers. These machines make it possible for researchers to perform close to teraops-scale (1 trillion mathematical operations per second) parallel computing to achieve breakthrough scientific discoveries. Parallel computing attacks huge mathematical problems with a number of identical processors simultaneously sharing a computational task. The resources provided by the M&IC Initiative are permitting researchers to generate simulations that, in many cases, were never before attempted for lack of computing power.

  • Further Developments in Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers
  • (pdf file, 1.5MB)
    Advances in ultrashort-pulse lasers are leading to new applications and better science for the U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program.

  • Simulating How the Wind Blows
  • (pdf file, 2MB)
    Livermore scientists can predict how chemical or biological agents will move around just one building or over an entire region.

  • Remembering E.O. Lawrence
  • (pdf file, 1M)
    We commemorate the life of the Laboratory's namesake and founder.



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