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Astra supercomputer at Sandia Labs is fastest Arm-based machine on TOP500 list

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Astra, the world’s fastest Arm-based supercomputer according to the TOP500 list, has achieved a speed of 1.529 petaflops, placing it 203rd on a ranking of top computers announced at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis SC18 conference in Dallas. A petaflop is a unit of computing speed […]

Wind tunnel and lasers provide hypersonic proving ground at Sandia National Laboratories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s about speed, and Sandia National Laboratories, with a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology, is in an excellent position to help U.S. defense agencies understand the physics associated with aircraft flying five times the speed of sound. With potential adversaries reporting successes in their own programs to develop aircraft […]

Veterans hired at Sandia Labs triples over past year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The number of military veterans hired at Sandia tripled the last fiscal year, and marked the highest veteran hiring rate in the history of Sandia National Laboratories. As part of a broader laboratories recruiting strategy, Sandia engaged in a new deliberate and strategic military veteran hiring initiative that paid off. Sandia hired […]

Sandia delivers first DOE sounding rocket program since 1990s

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new rocket program could help cut research and development time for new weapons systems from as many as 15 years to less than five. Sandia National Laboratories developed the new program, called the High Operational Tempo Sounding Rocket Program, or HOT SHOT, and integrated it for its first launch earlier this […]

Blast tube tests at Sandia simulate shock wave conditions nuclear weapons could face

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — You can learn a lot from a blast tube. You can learn more when you couple blast experiments with computer modeling. Sandia National Laboratories researchers are using a blast tube configurable to 120 feet to demonstrate how well nuclear weapons could survive the shock wave of a blast from an enemy weapon […]

Large supercrystals promise superior sensors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Using an artful combination of nanotechnology and basic chemistry, Sandia National Laboratories researchers have encouraged gold nanoparticles to self-assemble into unusually large supercrystals that could significantly improve the detection sensitivity for chemicals in explosives or drugs. “Our supercrystals have more sensing capability than regular spectroscopy instruments currently in use, just like a […]

Solar tower exposes materials to intense heat to test thermal response

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is using its solar tower to help assess the impact of extreme temperature changes on materials. The tests, now in their second year, take advantage of the ability of Sandia’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility to simulate a very rapid increase in temperature followed by an equally rapid decrease. […]

Arm-based supercomputer prototype to be deployed at Sandia National Laboratories by DOE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Microprocessors designed by Arm are ubiquitous in automobile electronics, cellphones and other embedded applications, but until recently they have not provided the performance necessary to make them practical for high-performance computing. Astra, one of the first supercomputers to use processors based on the Arm architecture in a large-scale high-performance computing platform, is […]

Supercomputing under a new lens: A Sandia-developed benchmark re-ranks top computers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Sandia National Laboratories software program now installed as an additional test for the widely observed TOP500 supercomputer challenge has become increasingly prominent. The program’s full name — High Performance Conjugate Gradients, or HPCG — doesn’t come trippingly to the tongue, but word is seeping out that this relatively new benchmarking program […]

Blast, impact simulations could lead to better understanding of injuries and body armor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories is developing specialized computer modeling and simulation methods to better understand how blasts on a battlefield could lead to traumatic brain injury and injuries to vital organs, like the heart and lungs. Researchers at Sandia have studied the mechanisms behind traumatic brain injury for about a decade. Their traumatic […]

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