Friday, November 14, 2008

News from Los Alamos National Laboratory for Nov. 8 - 14

Jaguar, Roadrunner in horse race to be world's fastest supercomputer

Just five months after IBM's hybrid Roadrunner became the first supercomputer to break the lofty petaflop barrier, a second, more traditional machine has made the same leap.

And at least one industry watcher said the move of Cray's XT Jaguar supercomputer -- with the help of a $100 million upgrade -- into the petaflop realm is swinging the doors wide open for other systems that are on the verge of following it to a new level of power and speed. Read about it here.

NASA Tests Lunar Rovers and
Oxygen Production Technology

NASA has concluded nearly two weeks of testing equipment and lunar rover concepts on Hawaii's volcanic soil. The agency's In Situ Resource Utilization Project. Instruments that were field tested will be used to improve understanding of minerals found on the moon.

The equipment tested includes an X-ray diffraction unit called mini CheMIN from NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. See the
NASA news release here.

LANL has new environmental leader

Michael Graham has been named to lead environmental programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory, taking over from Susan Stiger who is moving on to a new assignment with Bechtel National.

Graham has spent the last four years with Bechtel Savanna River, Inc. a contractor partnered with URS/Washington Group at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The company was responsible environmental remediation, project management and design and construction services.
Read more here.

STI Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results

We continue to move forward in our collaborative agreement with the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory to apply our material sciences expertise to its research initiative to develop HTS coated conductors for next generation electricity distribution systems," Said Jeff Quiram, STI's president and chief executive officer. See the story here.

Math and science teachers lauded at graduation ceremony

Link Math and Science Academy master teacher Lorenzo Gonzalez, left, congratulates Beth Sanchez, a teacher in the EspaƱola Public School system, right, at a graduation ceremony on November 7 at Northern New Mexico College in EspaƱola.

Sanchez was recognized as one of 20 teachers who completed a master's degree in teaching math and science from New Mexico State University.
Learn more here.

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