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NNSA Launches New Advanced Supercomputing Website with a Week of Online Features
Apr 25, 2011

New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Kicks off Supercomputing Week



WASHINGTON, D.C. – All this week, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is highlighting its advanced supercomputing capabilities with a week of features demonstrating the science and technology work done by the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program.  In addition to launching a new and improved ASC webpage, NNSA also kicked off a Supercomputing Week on the NNSA website.

Each day, NNSA’s Supercomputing Week webpage will highlight a different way its supercomputers are contributing to the future of the nuclear security enterprise, implementing President Obama’s nuclear security agenda, and improving the way the NNSA does business. 

Today’s feature focuses on the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge being held at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) on April 25-26. The event, sponsored in part by LANL and Sandia National Laboratories, brings together high school students to complete science projects using high-performance supercomputers. As part of the Challenge, students from New Mexico compete to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real world problems.

NNSA’s Supercomputing Week website also features a special video on the ASC program and summaries and photos of supercomputers housed at NNSA’s national labs.

“Pushing the frontiers of science and technology is a critical part of our effort to invest in the future, and implement the President’s nuclear security agenda,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “NNSA’s exceptional expertise in supercomputing has helped improve the way we do business, keep the American people safe, and provide the nation with the tools to tackle broad national challenges.”

As part of NNSA’s mission to extend the lifetime of nuclear weapons in the stockpile, the ASC program provides NNSA with leading edge, high-end simulation capabilities. The ASC program includes weapon codes, weapon science, computing platforms and supporting infrastructure; it helps NNSA meet nuclear weapons assessment and certification requirements.

NNSA’s three national laboratories house four of the world’s fastest supercomputers: the BlueGene/L at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Red Storm at Sandia National Laboratories, and Roadrunner and Cielo at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

To learn more about NNSA’s ASC program, click here to visit the new and improved NNSA ASC website.

Recently, President Obama submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year 2012. It includes $7.6 billion for NNSA weapons activities, up 8.9 percent from 2011, including a 3.1 percent increase for Science, Technology and Engineering programs.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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