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About Rachel McDowell

Rachel McDowell is a science writer for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.
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Arthur “Buddy” Bland, World-Leading Supercomputing Project Director, Retires after 40 Years Dedicated to HPC
1 week ago

Arthur “Buddy” Bland, World-Leading Supercomputing Project Director, Retires after 40 Years Dedicated to HPC

By  •  1 week ago  •  Featured, People

“No risk, no reward.” It’s a familiar sentiment in business and entrepreneurial ventures. Risk drives innovation and propels organizations to new heights. It’s certainly familiar to Arthur “Buddy” Bland, former …
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OLCF’s Buddy Bland Earns DOE Secretary of Energy Exceptional Service Award
1 week ago

OLCF’s Buddy Bland Earns DOE Secretary of Energy Exceptional Service Award

By  •  1 week ago  •  People

Arthur “Buddy” Bland of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) was presented the Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award in December for 40 years of exceptional service to the US Department …
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UT–ORNL Data Center Course Takes Students on a Virtual Ride through ORNL’s Supercomputing Facilities
1 week ago

UT–ORNL Data Center Course Takes Students on a Virtual Ride through ORNL’s Supercomputing Facilities

By  •  1 week ago  •  People

What does it take to manage a robust data center? And how can engineers get the experience needed to oversee both the facilities—the power, cooling, and electrical components—and the computing …
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Scientists Use Supercomputers to Study Reliable Fusion Reactor Design, Operation
3 weeks ago

Scientists Use Supercomputers to Study Reliable Fusion Reactor Design, Operation

By  •  3 weeks ago  •  Featured, Science

Nuclear fusion, the same kind of energy that fuels stars, could one day power our world with abundant, safe, and carbon-free energy. Aided by supercomputers Summit at the US Department …
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Computational Staff at ORNL among Those Recognized with DOE Secretary’s Honor Awards
3 weeks ago

Computational Staff at ORNL among Those Recognized with DOE Secretary’s Honor Awards

By  •  3 weeks ago  •  People

Thirty-two employees at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) were named among teams recognized by former DOE Secretary Dan Brouillette with Secretary’s Honor Awards as …
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Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe
1 month ago

Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe

By  •  1 month ago  •  Featured, Science

Since the 1930s, scientists have been using particle accelerators to gain insights into the structure of matter and the laws of physics that govern our world. Today, these accelerators are …
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A New Approach for Bigger and Better Earthquake Modeling
1 month ago

A New Approach for Bigger and Better Earthquake Modeling

By  •  1 month ago  •  Featured, Science

This story was originally written by Aaron Dubrow at the Texas Advanced Computer Center and adapted by Rachel McDowell for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.

A randomly selected …
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Former National Center for Computational Sciences Director James Hack Retires from 40-Year Computing Career
2 months ago

Former National Center for Computational Sciences Director James Hack Retires from 40-Year Computing Career

By  •  2 months ago  •  Featured, People

Delivering scientific breakthroughs on the world’s most powerful supercomputers requires leaders with the experience and knowledge of how to run the high-performance computing (HPC) centers that house them. That’s precisely …
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University of Delaware Team Tightens up Code for Exascale Computing on Frontier
2 months ago

University of Delaware Team Tightens up Code for Exascale Computing on Frontier

By  •  2 months ago  •  Featured, Science

This article was originally written by Tracey Bryant, Senior Director for Research Communications at the University of Delaware.

What’s it like designing an app for the world’s fastest supercomputer, set to come …
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Jupyter Has Landed at the OLCF
3 months ago

Jupyter Has Landed at the OLCF

By  •  3 months ago  •  Technology

To analyze and process scientific data, researchers often employ Jupyter notebooks, interactive web documents that host snippets of code written in statistical programming languages such as Python (or R or Julia). …
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Simulations Reveal Nature’s Design for Error Correction During DNA Replication
3 months ago

Simulations Reveal Nature’s Design for Error Correction During DNA Replication

By  •  3 months ago  •  Featured, Science

DNA replication is one of the most important processes in biology, responsible for ensuring that a cell’s genetic material is copied over to new cells efficiently during cell division. But …
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OLCF Reaches New Heights with Andes Cluster
3 months ago

OLCF Reaches New Heights with Andes Cluster

By  •  3 months ago  •  Technology

Staff members at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) have replaced the center’s Rhea data analysis cluster with a brand-new AMD-based system dubbed Andes.

For 6 faithful years, Rhea …
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Distinct ACM Gordon Bell Prizes Awarded to Two Teams Using the Summit Supercomputer
4 months ago

Distinct ACM Gordon Bell Prizes Awarded to Two Teams Using the Summit Supercomputer

By  •  4 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Today at the 2020 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, or SC20, virtual conference, two deserving teams were awarded two distinguished prizes for research conducted on …
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Multi-Institutional Team Earns Gordon Bell Special Prize Finalist Nomination for Rapid COVID-19 Molecular Docking Simulations
4 months ago

Multi-Institutional Team Earns Gordon Bell Special Prize Finalist Nomination for Rapid COVID-19 Molecular Docking Simulations

By  •  4 months ago  •  Featured, Science

One of the biggest challenges of drug discovery lies in the fact that scientists must search through an almost infinite space of chemical compounds to find one that might be …
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Gordon Bell Special Prize Finalist Team Reveals AI Workflow for Molecular Systems in the Era of COVID-19
4 months ago

Gordon Bell Special Prize Finalist Team Reveals AI Workflow for Molecular Systems in the Era of COVID-19

By  •  4 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Since a team at the University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health first mapped the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein—the main infection machinery of the virus that causes …
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Two Finalists Nominated for Gordon Bell Special Prize for COVID-19 Work on Summit
4 months ago

Two Finalists Nominated for Gordon Bell Special Prize for COVID-19 Work on Summit

By  •  4 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Every year at the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC), one deserving team is awarded the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Gordon Bell Prize to …
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