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Sharing the Power of Supercomputers
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
in ultrashort-pulse lasers are leading to new applications and better
science for the U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program.
Simulating How the Wind Blows
scientists can predict how chemical or biological agents will move around
just one building or over an entire region.
Remembering E.O. Lawrence
commemorate the life of the Laboratory's namesake and founder.
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