Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Advanced Scientific Computing Research

Discovering, developing, and deploying computational and networking capabilities to analyze, model, simulate, and predict complex phenomena important to the Department of Energy.

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Fulfilling the potential of emerging computing systems and architectures beyond today's tools and techniques to deliver exascale science 

Advances in mathematics and computing are providing the foundation for models and simulations that permit scientists to gain new insights into problems ranging from bioenergy and climate change to Alzheimer's disease.

The DOE Office of Science's Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program supports mathematical, computational and computer sciences research, and leadership-class high-performance computing and network facilities.

The Los Alamos ASCR portfolio spans applied mathematics, computer science, and computational partnerships through two Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computation Institutes, and programs in numerical methods, uncertainty quantification, programming models, and data analysis and visualization.   

A Hulk-like leap in computing power

With a common mission of settling the exa frontier, DOE's Office of Science's Advanced Scientific Computing Research program and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program are coordinating the United States’ Hulk-like leap in computing power and capability to the exascale.

To make this happen in less than a decade, the agency has established “co-design centers” where everyone who has anything to do with the problem collaborates closely to solve scientific challenges.

One of these co-design centers is the Exascale Co-Design Center for Materials in Extreme Environments, or ExMatEx, headquartered at Los Alamos.

ExMatEx partners with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, other national laboratories including Oak Ridge and Sandia, and universities such as Stanford and Caltech. Using the world’s most powerful computers, its goal is to create an exascale computing environment that will enable research into extreme materials, with an emphasis on simulating how these materials respond to shock waves.

Read more: Can Exascale Computing Help us Understand Extreme Materials?