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Trinity to Trinity

Seventy years after the Trinity Test the new Los Alamos Trinity supercomputer will soon begin exotic 3D modeling of nuclear explosions—a Holy Grail of supercomputing.
July 1, 2015
Trinity to Trinity

Trinity to Trinity

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Trinity will make 3D simulations of nuclear detonations practical with increasing fidelity and resolution.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Trinity Test, the first detonation of a nuclear weapon. Computers have always been a key part of designing nuclear weapons and today supercomputers handle much of the work of stockpile stewardship. Los Alamos is bringing the Trinity supercomputer online, which will make it possible to begin modeling nuclear detonations in 3D—a mind-boggling achievement. 

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