Friday, September 16, 2016

Science on the Hill: Trinity ushers in new age of supercomputing

Gary Grider and the new Trinity super-
computer, LANL photo.

As Los Alamos National Laboratory begins testing the second half of its new supercomputer, Trinity, the occasion highlights how intertwined scientific breakthroughs and computer innovations have become — and what a seminal and central role the lab has played in that synergy.

Big Science, which today brings together theory, modeling, experiments that produce massive amounts of data and supercomputers to run incredibly sophisticated simulations providing feedback and validation to those theories and models, was largely pioneered at Los Alamos more than 70 years ago. (Full story)

Get ready for a sky ride

Lockheed Martin technicians
prepare OSIRIS-REx for launch. LockMart photo.

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists in collaboration with colleagues around the country have been interested  for some time in issues involving planetary defense against the low-probability, high consequence hazard of an asteroid or meteor strike. As a preliminary measure, LANL theoretical physicist C.S. Plesko has been working with counterparts at sister laboratory Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to study how such hazards might be mitigated. (Full story)


Funding boosts Exascale research
at Los Alamos

In a recent DOE announcement from the Exascale Computing Project, six Los Alamos National Laboratory partnership projects were tagged for full funding and one for seed money. The projects, all collaborations with other national laboratories and universities, target advanced modeling and simulation solutions to specific challenges supporting key DOE missions in science, clean energy and national security, as well as collaborations such as the National Cancer Institute’s Precision Medicine Initiative. (Full story)

Entrepreneurs discuss starting a business based on LANL technology

Panel includes entrepreneurs who started
businesses with Lab technology. Monitor photo.

Vladimir Matias stated that of the four companies he had negotiated with for patents, LANL was the easiest. “Yes, there are delays. It takes six months for bureaucracy to go through,” Matias said. “But in our case it was very simple, very easy, very good terms.”

“Los Alamos was quite accommodating. I have nothing but best things to say about TT in Los Alamos. They were very good to us. They helped us with our whole bailment agreement and everything else and supported us since then." (Full story)

Beyond balloons

The Bradbury Science Museum, LANL photo.

Less than 100 miles from Albuquerque is Los Alamos, made world-famous for its secret role in the Manhattan Project which developed the atomic bombs credited with ending World War II.

There’s a fascinating self-guided Historic Walking Tour that includes iconic sites from that era, public art, an ancestral Pueblo dwelling dating from 1225 B.C. and the Bradbury Science Museum, with more than 60 interactive exhibits focusing on the Los Alamos National Laboratory. (Full story)
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