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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.


Life underground

August 19th, 2014 Updated: August 16th, 2014

A PNNL team builds models of deep-earth water flows that affect the tiny organisms that can make big contributions to climate-changing gases.


Balancing act

October 31st, 2013 Updated: October 31st, 2013

A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researcher is developing approaches to spread the work evenly over scads of processors in a high-performance computer and to keep calculations clicking even as part of the machine has a hiccup.


Twice-stuffed permafrost

July 31st, 2012 Updated: July 31st, 2012

A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory computation suggests that the water-gas compounds found in ocean permafrost can provide energy and store it, too – and then trap carbon dioxide.


Getting a grip on the grid

June 10th, 2010 Updated: February 18th, 2013

A PNNL team enlists new algorithms and powerful computers to quickly analyze which combinations of failures most threaten the power grid.


The big face off

December 17th, 2009 Updated: February 18th, 2013

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers say their algorithms can analyze millions of video frames, pluck out the faces and quantify them to create searchable databases for facial identification.