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2021 at the OLCF: Year in Review
5 months ago

2021 at the OLCF: Year in Review

By  •  5 months ago  •  Featured, Science

In 2021, supercomputing at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) enabled new scientific breakthroughs amid the global pandemic.

From modeling small particles called quarks to …
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Closing In on Fusion
5 months ago

Closing In on Fusion

By  •  5 months ago  •  Featured, Science

The same process that fuels stars could one day be used to generate massive amounts of power here on Earth. Nuclear fusion—in which atomic nuclei fuse to form heavier nuclei and release energy in …
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Team Earns Gordon Bell Prize Finalist Nomination for Simulating Carbon at Extreme Pressures and Temperatures
6 months ago

Team Earns Gordon Bell Prize Finalist Nomination for Simulating Carbon at Extreme Pressures and Temperatures

By  •  6 months ago  •  Featured, Science

Are diamonds even stronger than we’ve ever imagined? Can other post-diamond phases appear when diamond is subjected to extreme pressures? A team used machine-learned descriptions of interatomic interactions on the …
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Scientists Use Supercomputers to Study Reliable Fusion Reactor Design, Operation
1 year ago

Scientists Use Supercomputers to Study Reliable Fusion Reactor Design, Operation

By  •  1 year 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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Weighing up Plasma Particles
2 years ago

Weighing up Plasma Particles

By  •  2 years 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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Speeding Toward the Future of Fusion
2 years ago

Speeding Toward the Future of Fusion

By  •  2 years ago  •  Featured, Science

In 1934, physicist Ernest Rutherford and his colleagues produced the first fusion reaction—the fusing of light nuclei to release energy—in a laboratory by converting deuterium, a heavy hydrogen isotope, to …
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Artificial Intelligence Approach Points to Bright Future for Fusion Energy
3 years ago

Artificial Intelligence Approach Points to Bright Future for Fusion Energy

By  •  3 years ago  •  Science

For decades, scientists have sought to control nuclear fusion—the energy that powers the sun and other stars—by developing massive fusion reactors to produce and contain plasma, with the goal of …
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Science at Exascale: Molecular Dynamics for Materials
3 years ago

Science at Exascale: Molecular Dynamics for Materials

By  •  3 years ago  •  Science

Frontier is an exascale computer planned for delivery at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in 2021. The system will support a wide range of scientific applications for advanced modeling …
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Science at Exascale: The Future of Fusion Modeling
3 years ago

Science at Exascale: The Future of Fusion Modeling

By  •  3 years ago  •  Science

Frontier is an exascale computer planned for delivery at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in 2021. The system will support a wide range of scientific applications for advanced modeling …
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How Hot Is Too Hot in Fusion?
5 years ago

How Hot Is Too Hot in Fusion?

By  •  5 years ago  •  Science

Fusion, the energy that powers the stars, might one day provide abundant energy here on Earth.

In a nuclear fusion reactor, the hot, charged gas known as plasma reaches out …
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Experts Converge on ORNL for US-Japan Fusion Workshop
5 years ago

Experts Converge on ORNL for US-Japan Fusion Workshop

By  •  5 years ago  •  People

For nearly 40 years the United States and Japan have collaborated on making the dream of limitless clean energy a reality. In 1980 the two countries created the US-Japan Joint …
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Two OLCF Partners Win Major HPC Award for Innovation Excellence
8 years ago

Two OLCF Partners Win Major HPC Award for Innovation Excellence

By  •  8 years ago  •  People

Two Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) partners received HPC Innovation Excellence awards from the International Data Corporation (IDC) for their research using OLCF computing resources.
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The Bleeding ‘Edge’ of Fusion Research

By  •  8 years ago  •  Science

Titan allows advanced scientific applications to reach unprecedented speeds, enabling scientific breakthroughs faster than ever with only a marginal increase in power consumption.
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Breakthrough Fusion Simulations Shed Light on Plasma Confinement

By  •  11 years ago  •  Science

Using Jaguar, a research team led by William Tang of DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is developing a clearer picture of plasma confinement properties in an experimental device that will pave the way to future commercial fusion power plants.
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