Source: Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, WA
A contributed article from Steven Ashby, Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
We often hear how supercomputers are used to tackle incredibly complex problems. They have played an essential role in the design of automobiles and aircraft, including the Boeing 777 Dreamliner, the creation of new anti-cancer drugs and discoveries related to the origin of the universe. Despite these amazing successes, and the astonishing advancements in computing over the past several decades, there are still limits to what today’s most powerful computers can do.
Computational scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are collaborating with colleagues from around the world, in government, academia and industry, to overcome these limits. They are working together, under leadership from DOE, to take supercomputers to the next level of performance. PNNL researchers are among the experts helping design tomorrow’s supercomputers and write the software codes that will run on them.