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Exascale editorial cowritten by ORNL Lab Director Thomas Zacharia

When scientists discovered the immense power contained in an atom, the United States government provided the laboratories, factories, and funding necessary to harness that power and end World War II. It was an unprecedented partnership of science, government, and industry, and it gave rise to the Department of Energy's National Laboratory System.

In the decades since, DOE's national labs have provided scientific and technical capabilities essential for national security and competitiveness, including global leadership in supercomputing.

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