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A Lawrence Livermore computing science team received the first-ever Best Reproducibility Advancement Award at the 2021 International Conference for High-Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC21). The award recognized the team’s High-Performance Approximate Computing (HPAC) framework for exploring advantages of different approximation techniques to improve HPC performance and addressing accuracy requirements for scientific applications. Team members include Harshitha Menon, Konstantinos (Dinos) Parasyris, Giorgis Georgakoudis, James Diffenderfer, Ignacio Laguna, Daniel Osei-Kuffuor, and Markus Schordan. HPAC’s development was funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program as part of Livermore’s ApproxHPC project.
Omar Hurricane, chief scientist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s inertial confinement fusion program, received a 2021 Edward Teller Award for his work at the Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility. The award, named in honor of the physicist, Laboratory director emeritus, and Hoover Institution senior research fellow, recognizes other pioneers of inertial fusion science. In presenting the award, the Fusion Energy Division of the American Nuclear Society recognized Hurricane’s leadership and insights contributing to experiments that achieved fuel gain, an alpha-heating-dominated plasma, and a burning plasma.