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Sandia computer modeling aids solder reliability in nuclear weapons

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Solder isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as essential to a nuclear weapon. But since weapons contain hundreds of thousands of solder joints, each potentially a point of failure, Sandia National Laboratories has developed and refined computer models to predict their performance and reliability. “Computational modeling of solder joint fatigue […]

HADES creates alternate reality to mislead hackers

 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky once postulated that the devil no longer uses fire and brimstone but instead simply tells you what you want to hear. Sandia National Laboratories cyber researchers go with that second option when it comes to foiling a hacker. Rather than simply blocking a discovered intruder, Vince Urias, Will […]

Diagnosing supercomputer problems

Sandia, Boston University win award for using machine learning to detect issues ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A team of computer scientists and engineers from Sandia National Laboratories and Boston University recently received a prestigious award at the International Supercomputing conference for their paper on automatically diagnosing problems in supercomputers. The research, which is in the early […]

Sandia researcher receives IEEE Computer Society’s 2017 Sidney Fernbach Award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Steve Plimpton, a computational scientist at Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Computing Research, has received the IEEE Computer Society’s 2017 Sidney Fernbach Award for “high-performance computer simulation frameworks that have advanced research in materials science, chemistry, biology and other related areas.” The citation, while accurate in scope, hardly portrays the depth of […]

Sandia computing researcher wins DOE Early Career Research Program Award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Tim Wildey has received a 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Wildey is Sandia’s first winner of the Advanced Scientific Computing Research branch of the prestigious program, said manager Daniel Turner. The national award, now in its eighth year, provides […]

Sandia Labs researcher wins national award in computational fluid dynamics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Pavel Bochev has been awarded the Thomas J.R. Hughes Medal by the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. The award is given biannually for “outstanding and sustained contributions to the broad field of computation fluid dynamics.” Sandia manager Michael Parks said Bochev was chosen specifically for “foundational contributions to […]

Radiation analysis software makes emergency responders’ jobs quicker, easier

InterSpec helps decision-makers determine source, type, amount of radiation in real time LIVERMORE, Calif. — When law enforcement officers and first responders arrive at an emergency involving radiation, they need a way to swiftly assess the situation to keep the public and environment safe. Having analysis tools that can quickly and reliably make sense of […]

Reversing the curse

Sandia develops math techniques to improve computational efficiency in quantum chemistry LIVERMORE, Calif. – Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed new mathematical techniques to advance the study of molecules at the quantum level. Mathematical and algorithmic developments along these lines are necessary for enabling the detailed study of complex hydrocarbon molecules that are relevant […]

Sandia emeritus director Bill Camp wins Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award

Talented computeer now examining post-exascale computing ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Bill Camp learned by phone that he had won the IEEE’s top-of-the-line Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award, the Sandia National Laboratories emeritus director said that compared with the giants who had won the award in previous years, he felt “like the kid who had snuck […]

Sandia to evaluate if computational neuroscientists are on track

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Advanced computers may have beaten experts in chess and Go, but humans still excel at “one of these things is not like the others.” Even toddlers excel at generalization, extrapolation and pattern recognition. But a computer algorithm trained only on pictures of red apples can’t recognize that a green apple is still […]

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