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Cloud forebear

August 16th, 2017 Updated: August 16th, 2017

A data-management system called PanDA anticipated cloud computing to analyze the universe’s building blocks.


Booting up Trinity

July 19th, 2017 Updated: July 19th, 2017

The unusual architecture in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s newest supercomputer is a step toward the exascale – systems around a hundred times more powerful than today’s best machines.


Materials cookbook

June 7th, 2017 Updated: June 7th, 2017

A Berkeley Lab project computes a range of materials properties and boosts the development of new technologies.


Ditching intuition

May 23rd, 2017 Updated: May 23rd, 2017

Replacing lab tedium for efficiency, SLAC-Stanford team taps machine learning to screen for chemicals with promising properties.


No passing zone

April 19th, 2017 Updated: April 19th, 2017

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory models the blood-brain barrier to find ways for drugs to reach their target.


Chipping away

March 22nd, 2017 Updated: March 22nd, 2017

Redirecting an old chip might change the pathway to tomorrow’s fastest supercomputers, Argonne National Laboratory researchers say.



December 7th, 2016 Updated: December 7th, 2016

With a boost from the Titan supercomputer, a Berkeley Lab group works the angles on X-rays to analyze thin films of interest for the next generation of nanodevices.


Forecasting failure

October 5th, 2016 Updated: October 5th, 2016

Sandia National Laboratories aims to predict physics on a micrometer scale.


Early-universe soup

June 22nd, 2016 Updated: June 22nd, 2016

ORNL’s Titan supercomputer is helping Brookhaven physicists understand the matter that formed microseconds after the Big Bang.


Multitalented metric

May 5th, 2016 Updated: October 28th, 2016

An alternative computing benchmark emerges to reflect scientific performance.


Bright future

February 24th, 2016 Updated: February 24th, 2016

The smart grid turns to high-performance computing to guide its development and keep it working.


Cables in one of 30 cabinets that comprise Edison, a Cray XC30 supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.

Powering down

December 15th, 2015 Updated: December 15th, 2015

PNNL team views ‘undervolting’ — turning down the power supplied to processors — as a way to make exascale computing feasible.


Analysis restaurant

November 12th, 2015 Updated: November 12th, 2015

The AnalyzeThis system deals with the rush of huge data-analysis orders typical in scientific computing.


Noisy universe

September 23rd, 2015 Updated: September 23rd, 2015

Berkeley Lab cosmologists sift tsunamis of data for signals from the birth of galaxies.


Layered look

August 26th, 2015 Updated: August 26th, 2015

With help from the Titan supercomputer, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team is peering at the chemistry and physics between the layers of superconducting materials.


Bits of corruption

July 14th, 2015 Updated: July 15th, 2015

Los Alamos’ extensive study of HPC platforms finds silent data corruption in scientific computing – but not much.


Sneak kaboom

April 30th, 2015 Updated: June 2nd, 2015

At Argonne, research teams turn to supercomputing to study a phenomenon that can trigger surprisingly powerful explosions.


Slippery subject

February 11th, 2015 Updated: June 2nd, 2015

University of Texas researchers are out to improve computational models of ice sheets by refining estimates of basal friction: how much rocks and earth slow the sheet’s movement.


Undersea link to LHC

December 30th, 2014 Updated: December 30th, 2014

The Energy Science Network, the high-speed fiber optic data pipeline that has connected all 17 U.S. national laboratories for almost 30 years, will cross the Atlantic Ocean this year. The network will link with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva and with other information-intensive European research projects. The network, managed by Lawrence Berkeley National […]


A smashing success

December 30th, 2014 Updated: December 30th, 2014

The world’s particle colliders unite to share and analyze massive volumes of data.


Universe in a day

November 19th, 2014 Updated: November 19th, 2014

A team working on the Titan supercomputer simulates the biggest thing of all in a flash, then shares.


Making hydrogen

October 8th, 2014 Updated: October 8th, 2014

On the roads around the Bay Area in 2015, there’s a good chance Brandon Wood will spot one of the first commercially available hydrogen-powered passenger vehicles: Toyota’s 2015 FC (fuel cell) car. The Toyota’s fuel cells will electrochemically combine hydrogen with oxygen to generate electricity, producing water as the only chemical emission. However, drivers will […]


Back to the hydrogen future

October 8th, 2014 Updated: October 8th, 2014

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Computational Science Graduate Fellowship alum Brandon Wood applies the world’s most sophisticated molecular dynamics codes on America’s leading supercomputers to model hydrogen’s reaction kinetics.


Sidebar: Joints modeling: A worldwide movement

September 9th, 2014 Updated: September 9th, 2014

Matthew Brake, a principal research scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico, estimates that several thousand researchers worldwide are striving to improve how mechanical joints are modeled on computers. Many work in laboratories led by 80 active members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Research Committee on the Mechanics of Jointed Structures, which Brake […]


Joint venture

September 9th, 2014 Updated: September 12th, 2014

Sandia National Laboratories investigators turn to advanced modeling to test the reliability of the joints that hold nuclear missiles together.