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DOE Leader Visits ORNL to Recognize CCSD, ITSD Staff Contributions to MVP-CHAMPION Program

October 26, 2018

Chief Scientist of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Dimitri Kusnezov, visited the Lab on Thursday, Sept. 27, to formally recognize the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) team that has supported the MVP-CHAMPION program since its 2016 inception. Dr. Kusnezov met with...

East Tennessee Members to Form First-of-Its-Kind Regional Computing Association

August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018 – With the combined mind share and facilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee has long been a bastion for high-performance computing (HPC).

For ORNL’s part, the Department of Energy’s largest science and...

Novel reaction could spark alternate approach to ammonia production

July 23, 2018

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 2, 2018—The search for a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly method of ammonia production for fertilizer has led to the discovery of a new type of catalytic reaction.

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

Long Term SciDAC Investments Provide Ecosystem for Quantum Breakthrough

July 20, 2018

A team of computing researchers and physicists from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has become the first group to successfully simulate an atomic nucleus using a quantum computer.  

While this development is currently making waves across...

ORNL researchers help to bring application coupling one step closer to reality

May 4, 2018

Despite exponential increases in computing power over the last couple of decades, many physical processes still present unique challenges for researchers seeking to advance their fields via modeling and simulation.

These processes are so complex that accurately capturing the...

ORNL data scientists issue 1.0 software release, continue drawing new statistical data users to HPC with pbdR

May 4, 2018

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have released pbdR 1.0, a full suite of software packages they developed to make the R programming language easy to use for high-performance computing. R is the most commonly used statistical data analysis software...

New look at supercomputing workflows supports more effective collaboration

January 25, 2018

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are examining the diverse supercomputing workflow management systems in use in the United States and around the world to help supercomputers work together more effectively and efficiently.

Because...

Using high-performance computing to study co-evolutionary networks in poplar

January 9, 2018

A cross-disciplinary research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using supercomputing to create an unprecedented view of the 3D interactions among components of the cellular machinery in Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood), a fast-growing perennial tree that shows...

High-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems

August 24, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 23, 2017 – New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities’ water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies.

In an...

Simulating Extreme Storms over the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin

May 8, 2017

A numerical weather forecasting model (WRF) was used to simulate 120 storms over the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) river basin to explore the effect of climate change on probable maximum precipitation (PMP).  

PMP is defined as the largest rainfall depth that could physically...

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