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News and Highlights from the OLCF

Weighing up Plasma Particles
4 months ago

Weighing up Plasma Particles

By  •  4 months ago  •  Featured, Science

The sun’s energy is the result of a continuous series of nuclear fusion reactions in which ionized hydrogen in the form of plasma collides at high speeds and releases helium …
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Computational Gene Study Suggests New Pathway for COVID-19 Inflammatory Response
4 months ago

Computational Gene Study Suggests New Pathway for COVID-19 Inflammatory Response

By  •  4 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Analyses of lung fluid cells from COVID-19 patients conducted on the nation’s fastest supercomputer point to gene expression patterns that may explain the runaway symptoms produced by the body’s response …
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Love-hate Relationship of Solvent and Water Leads to Better Biomass Breakup
5 months ago

Love-hate Relationship of Solvent and Water Leads to Better Biomass Breakup

By  •  5 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Media contact: Kimberly Askey, askeyka@ornl.gov, 865.576.2841

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron scattering and supercomputing to better understand how an organic solvent and water work …
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X-rays Size up Protein Structure at the ‘Heart’ of COVID-19 Virus
5 months ago

X-rays Size up Protein Structure at the ‘Heart’ of COVID-19 Virus

By  •  5 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Media contact: Jeremy Rumsey, rumseyjp@ornl.gov, 865.576.2038

A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories has performed the first room-temperature X-ray measurements on the SARS-CoV-2 …
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Summit Helps Predict Molecular Breakups
5 months ago

Summit Helps Predict Molecular Breakups

By  •  5 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Designing materials with certain properties is the first step to making computer chips that can store more information, superconductors that could help to solve the world’s energy problems, and drugs …
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Cracking the Linux Code with the OLCF’s Ketan Maheshwari
5 months ago

Cracking the Linux Code with the OLCF’s Ketan Maheshwari

By  •  5 months ago  •  People

The Linux operating system is used to run processes both on the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) Summit—the world’s most powerful and smartest supercomputer—and on other systems such as …
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Amidst Pandemic, OLCF Hosts First Remote User Meeting
5 months ago

Amidst Pandemic, OLCF Hosts First Remote User Meeting

By  •  5 months ago  •  Events

Earlier this month, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), held …
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Developing a Quantum Community
6 months ago

Developing a Quantum Community

By  •  6 months ago  •  Events, Science

In April, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility located at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), held its …
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OLCF Names New Director of Science
6 months ago

OLCF Names New Director of Science

By  •  6 months ago  •  People

Bronson Messer—a computational astrophysicist, Distinguished Scientist in the Scientific Computing and Theoretical Physics groups at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and a former Jeopardy!
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Knocking Out Drug Side Effects with Supercomputing
6 months ago

Knocking Out Drug Side Effects with Supercomputing

By  •  6 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Psychedelic drugs could be effective in treating psychiatric disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but medical use of these drugs is limited by the hallucinations they cause.

“What …
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Supercomputing Aids Scientists Seeking Therapies for Deadly Bacterial Disease
7 months ago

Supercomputing Aids Scientists Seeking Therapies for Deadly Bacterial Disease

By  •  7 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Francisella tularensis, a bacterium that causes the illness tularemia (also known as “rabbit fever”), is one of the most hostile organisms on the planet. Once the bacterium enters the body …
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A New Method for Unraveling Complex Gene Interactions
7 months ago

A New Method for Unraveling Complex Gene Interactions

By  •  7 months ago  •  Featured, Science

The first step for biologists who want to develop new, more efficient biofuels is to understand the genetic underpinnings of plants that can be digested by microbes into chemical compounds. …
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2020 OLCF User Meeting: Remote Together
7 months ago

2020 OLCF User Meeting: Remote Together

By  •  7 months ago  •  Events

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will hold its 16th annual …
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Mining for COVID-19 Connections
7 months ago

Mining for COVID-19 Connections

By  •  7 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Scientists have tapped the immense power of the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to comb through millions of medical journal articles to identify potential vaccines, drugs and effective …
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Simulations Forecast Nationwide Increase in Human Exposure to Extreme Climate Events
7 months ago

Simulations Forecast Nationwide Increase in Human Exposure to Extreme Climate Events

By  •  7 months ago  •  Featured, Science

By 2050, the United States will likely be exposed to a larger number of extreme climate events, including more frequent heat waves, longer droughts and more intense floods, which can …
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Summit Ranks on Graph500 List Using Only a Fraction of Its Computing Power
7 months ago

Summit Ranks on Graph500 List Using Only a Fraction of Its Computing Power

By  •  7 months ago  •  Technology

For the first time ever and using only a fraction of its processing power, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) supercomputer has entered the Graph500 ranking, a list published twice …
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