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A team of scientists led by Laboratory physicist Fred Streitz received the 2005 Gordon Bell Prize for pioneering materials science simulations conducted on the world’s fastest supercomputer—the IBM BlueGene/L at Livermore. Other team members included James Glosli, Mehul Patel, Bor Chan, Robert Yates, and Bronis de Supinski of Livermore, and James Sexton and John Gunnels of IBM. The title of their entry was “100+ Tflop/s Solidification Simulations on BlueGene/L.” Running a three-dimensional molecular dynamics code on BlueGene/L, the team investigated solidification in tantalum and uranium at extreme temperatures and pressures with simulations ranging from 64,000 atoms to 524 million atoms.
Named for C. Gordon Bell, one of the founders of supercomputing, the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize is awarded to innovators who advance high-performance computing. Bell established the prize in 1987 to encourage innovation that would further develop parallel processing—the computer design philosophy that has driven high-performance computing since the 1980s. The prize, one of the most coveted awards in high-performance computing, is administered by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

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