Each day, NNSA's Supercomputing Week webpage has highlighted 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.
One of the features focused on the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, 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 programme 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", stated Don Cook, NNSA's Deputy Administrator for Defense Programmes. "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 programme provides NNSA with leading edge, high-end simulation capabilities. The ASC programme includes weapon codes, weapon science, computing platforms and supporting infrastructure; it helps NNSA meet nuclear weapons assessment and certification requirements.
As part of NNSA's commitment to reach to the next generation of computer scientists, the Predictive Science Academic Alliance Programme (PSAAP) engage the academic community in making significant advances in predictive modelling and simulation technologies. Research conducted through these partnerships contributes to the knowledge base required to demonstrate the capabilities of predictive modelling and simulation across a broad spectrum of science and engineering applications using some of the most powerful computers in the world.
The PSAAP encourages collaboration between the national laboratories and universities in the advancement of multi-disciplinary predictive modeling and simulation technologies, and educating and recruiting individuals with skills critical to ASC.
The programme involves demonstrating the power of simulation to build models of large-scale complex multi-physics systems requiring ASC-class computers. The goal is both to further these disciplines and more accurately identify and bound the uncertainty of the predictions made by the simulations.
In addition, NNSA supports an institute at each of its national laboratories to advance basic and applied research initiatives in computational sciences in support of the ASC Programme. These institutes attract university experts to work with laboratory staff in research initiatives, and serve as focal points for laboratory-university interactions.
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.
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 programmes.
The NNSA Supercomputing Week webpage is available at http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/asc