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Primeur weekly 2019-07-22

Focus

EuroHPC Research and Innovation calls open July 25 with a total budget of 95 million euro ...

Quantum computing

Limitation exposed in promising quantum computing material ...

Bristol awarded GBP 8,4 million to strengthen quantum research programmes ...

Researchers build transistor-like gate for quantum information processing - with qudits ...

Fujitsu harnesses Quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology to optimize output efficiency in power generation for renewable energy devices ...

Quantum photonics by serendipity ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary joins Italian pre-exascale EuroHPC consortium ...

Middleware

SUSE joins the iRODS Consortium ...

Hardware

NSF awards $10 million to SDSC to deploy 'Expanse' supercomputer ...

GRC announces licensing agreement with Nihon Form Services to tailor GRC's data centre immersion cooling technology for the Japanese market ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) arrives at the Edge of Space ...

Arm Flexible Access gives chip designers the freedom to experiment and test before they invest ...

Supermicro brings unprecedented performance and configurability to the intelligent edge for new security, 5G, and AI solutions ...

SwiftStack joins NVIDIA Partner Network ...

Intel and SAP broaden their technology partnership to power enterprises' digital transformation ...

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to host Bridges-2 supercomputers at Next Tier Connect ...

Applications

HPC4Energy Innovation Programme announces first awards for public/private partnerships ...

Atos orchestrates AURAGEN's genomic sequencing calculation solution ...

Who's using Argonne's user facilities? ...

Predicting material properties with quantum Monte Carlo ...

NERSC hosts first 'GPUs for Science' Workshop ...

First Corones Award goes to NERSC computer scientist ...

HPC4Manufacturing project aims at improving thin-film processes used in LED lights ...

Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders ...

LHC experiments present new results on rare Higgs phenomena at 2019 EPS-HEP conference ...

RIT professor honoured with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers ...

A graphene superconductor that plays more than one tune ...

The Cloud

Atos becomes a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP) ...

Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders


Ryan Chen, an LLNL data analyst and visualization technologist, has developed a model called the RDD Studio that provides a detailed simulation of what an optimal response to a radiological dispersal device, or "dirty bomb", would look like. Photo by Julie Russell/LLN.L
12 Jul 2019 Livermore - If a radiological dispersal device (RDD), or "dirty bomb", ever explodes in the United States, emergency crews may be better prepared because of a simulator developed by an Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) visualization technologist.

Called the RDD Studio, the model was developed by the Lab's Ryan Chen to provide a detailed simulation of what an optimal response to an RDD would look like.

The simulator grew out of an effort to give "life" to a 2017 Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) report, "RDD Response Guidance: Planning for the First 100 Minutes", and has helped produce 14 videos that illustrate the hazards, tactics and procedures for an RDD response.

The simulator developed by Ryan Chen, a data analyst and visualization technologist in the Computing Directorate's Global Security Computing Applications Division, has been drawing high praise since it was released in April.

The guidance report and the model can be found on the DHS website. All 14 videos are available on the DHS S&T YouTube channel.

"This 20-minute video by LLNL and the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) is the best description of the management of a 'dirty bomb' or RDD incident out there", stated John White, the radiation safety officer for the Veterans Administration North Texas Health Care System.

"Your law enforcement and fire/hazards personnel must view this video. It should become a regular part of your training for any radiological event. The RDD Studio can assist emergency crews in learning how to manage the risk in responding to an RDD."

Mark Hundley, a master firefighter with the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a leader for the Virginia-2 Urban Search and Rescue team, calls the response to the video among firefighters "incredible".

"The visual depiction gives the basic frontline firefighter a better understanding of a radioactive incident that is very hard for most to understand from a simple power point slide. This video does an amazing job. I can't express the value of this video for us", Mark Hundley explained.

Ben Stevenson, the NUSTL's R&D division leader, lauded the RDD simulator. "Ryan's work in support of our mission, helping responders visualize radiation response and safety concepts, has been invaluable in effectively communicating technical best practices and continues to positively impact radiological preparedness at all levels of government."

Brooke Buddemeier, a principal investigator for Global Security's N Programme radiological and nuclear response efforts, pointed out that the purpose of the simulator is to demonstrate to emergency responders how they can do their jobs and save lives without putting themselves in danger.

An RDD consists of conventional explosives combined with radioactive material with the intent of spreading the radioactive contamination around the scene of the explosion and possibly downwind.

RDD Studio is designed to simulate the dispersal of ballistic source fragments of various sizes and to visualize the resulting downwind ground contamination. The tool uses empirical data collected from real-world explosive tests and a computational fluid dynamic atmospheric dispersion model to define the post-blast radiologically contaminated urban environment.

After the RDD is simulated and the radiological hazards are established, RDD Studio deploys virtual responders to demonstrate the tactics provided in the DHS response guidance.

"This interactive agent-based model’s ability to track and record virtual responder's performance statistics and exposure data makes it an effective tool for response training and procedure development", Brooke Buddemeier stated.

The use of a customizable software simulator provides the capability to evaluate response tactics and outcomes in a variety of circumstances. Users can test procedures against various source types, activity level, number of fragments, fragment sizes, number of casualties, number of civilians nearby, number of response assets deployed and responder arrival frequency.

Since the animations produced by the RDD Studio have gone online, they have been viewed by more than 2600 people, with many of them thought to be emergency responders.

"These videos have been very well received by the emergency response community as they visualize complex radiological response issues in a way that makes it easier to understand", Brooke Buddemeier stated.
Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2019-07-22

Focus

EuroHPC Research and Innovation calls open July 25 with a total budget of 95 million euro ...

Quantum computing

Limitation exposed in promising quantum computing material ...

Bristol awarded GBP 8,4 million to strengthen quantum research programmes ...

Researchers build transistor-like gate for quantum information processing - with qudits ...

Fujitsu harnesses Quantum-inspired Digital Annealer technology to optimize output efficiency in power generation for renewable energy devices ...

Quantum photonics by serendipity ...

Focus on Europe

Hungary joins Italian pre-exascale EuroHPC consortium ...

Middleware

SUSE joins the iRODS Consortium ...

Hardware

NSF awards $10 million to SDSC to deploy 'Expanse' supercomputer ...

GRC announces licensing agreement with Nihon Form Services to tailor GRC's data centre immersion cooling technology for the Japanese market ...

High Performance Computing (HPC) arrives at the Edge of Space ...

Arm Flexible Access gives chip designers the freedom to experiment and test before they invest ...

Supermicro brings unprecedented performance and configurability to the intelligent edge for new security, 5G, and AI solutions ...

SwiftStack joins NVIDIA Partner Network ...

Intel and SAP broaden their technology partnership to power enterprises' digital transformation ...

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to host Bridges-2 supercomputers at Next Tier Connect ...

Applications

HPC4Energy Innovation Programme announces first awards for public/private partnerships ...

Atos orchestrates AURAGEN's genomic sequencing calculation solution ...

Who's using Argonne's user facilities? ...

Predicting material properties with quantum Monte Carlo ...

NERSC hosts first 'GPUs for Science' Workshop ...

First Corones Award goes to NERSC computer scientist ...

HPC4Manufacturing project aims at improving thin-film processes used in LED lights ...

Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders ...

LHC experiments present new results on rare Higgs phenomena at 2019 EPS-HEP conference ...

RIT professor honoured with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers ...

A graphene superconductor that plays more than one tune ...

The Cloud

Atos becomes a Microsoft Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP) ...