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Diamonds Aren’t Forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together. “People have already built small quantum computers,” says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. “Maybe the first useful […]

Turning to the brain to reboot computing

Sandia explores neural computing to extend Moore’s Law ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Computation is stuck in a rut. The integrated circuits that powered the past 50 years of technological revolution are reaching their physical limits. This predicament has computer scientists scrambling for new ideas: new devices built using novel physics, new ways of organizing units within […]

Supercomputers receive funding to help predict, modify new materials

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $16 million over the next four years in supercomputer technology that will accelerate the design of new materials by combining  theoretical and experimental efforts to create new validated codes. Sandia National Laboratories researcher Luke Shulenburger will head a team working to improve algorithms that predict […]

Exascale Computing Project awards $39.8 million for application development

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Improved computer climate models of the Earth’s clouds and more accurate simulations of the combustion engine are goals for two projects led by Sandia National Laboratories that were funded in the first round of activities from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP). Sandia also will conduct research with other laboratories […]

New cooling method for supercomputers to save millions of gallons of water

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In different parts of the country, people discuss gray-water recycling and rainwater capture to minimize the millions of gallons of groundwater required to cool large data centers. But the simple answer in many climates, said Sandia National Laboratories researcher David J. Martinez, is to use liquid refrigerant. Based on that principle, Martinez […]

Precise atom implants in silicon provide a first step toward practical quantum computers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has taken a first step toward creating a practical quantum computer, able to handle huge numbers of computations instantaneously. Here’s the recipe: A “donor” atom propelled by an ion beam is inserted very precisely in microseconds  into an industry-standard silicon substrate. The donor atom — in this case, antimony […]

Computer scientist named fellow of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories senior scientist Cynthia Phillips has been named a 2016 fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for her contributions to the theory and applications of combinatorial optimization. SIAM, which announced 30 fellows March 31, said they were nominated for their exemplary research and outstanding service to […]

Ice sheet modeling of Greenland, Antarctica helps predict sea-level rise

Sandia Labs research part of five-year multi-partner project titled Predicting Ice Sheet and Climate Evolution at Extreme Scales (PISCEES) LIVERMORE, Calif. — The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will make a dominant contribution to 21st century sea-level rise if current climate trends continue. However, predicting the expected loss of ice sheet mass is difficult due […]

Two Sandia scientists cited for computing advances yielding real world impact

Association for Computing Machinery selects Pinar, Phillips as distinguished members LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia National Laboratories scientists Ali Pinar and Cynthia (Cindy) Phillips have been selected as distinguished members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). ACM, the world’s leading association of computing professionals, selected Pinar and Phillips for their significant accomplishments and impact within […]

Supercomputer benchmark gains adherents

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A software program that ranks supercomputers on their ability to solve complex problems rather than on raw speed alone continues to gain traction in the high-performance computing community. More than 60 supercomputers were ranked by the emerging tool, termed the High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmark, in ratings released at the annual […]

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