October 2016   |   Special Report

Cancer’s search engine

The Department of Energy collaborates with the National Cancer Institute to apply supercomputing number-crunching power to cancer research.

Exascale Science
October 2016

Argo: OS for exascale

For high-performance computing’s next wave, today’s humble operating system will have to assume new roles in synchronizing and coordinating tasks.

Biofuels, Chemistry
September 2016

Untangling plant polymers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory-University of Tennessee team hopes to ease the path from vegetation to biofuel.

Computer Science, New Faces
September 2016

Have stencil, will lift

A University of Washington DOE early-career-awardee, with techniques called verified lifting and stencil programming, aims to boost speeds in climate models and other HPC simulations.

Science Highlights

June 2016

Predicting turbulence in fusion plasmas

Data from experiments and advanced codes combine with supercomputing muscle to help explain a half-century-old mystery.

Developing practical fusion energy has been impeded for decades by high heat loss from magnetically confined plasmas. Researchers from MIT, University of California at San Diego and General Atomics captured the dynamics of plasma turbulence linked to heat loss on unprecedented scales. Pictured here is the inside of the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, the inset depicting plasma turbulence simulations that show long wavelength blobs coexisting with short wavelength streamers – small, finger-like structures that comprise the turbulence in the core of the experimental plasmas.

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