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Of Tests and Supercomputers

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.
January 1, 2016
Trinity to Trinity

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

From our publication National Security Science

2015 marked 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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