Sandia News

Computer & information sciences

Image of computer_feature.jpg

Sandia is applying its extensive experience in high performance computing environments, software engineering, and uncertainty quantification to aid development of DOE’s next-generation climate and Earth system model, which will be used to address the most challenging and demanding climate change issues. This new program, Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy, or ACME, is developing a state-of-the-science Earth system model that will run efficiently on DOE leadership computing facilities to address DOE scientific and energy applications. Sandians serve as ACME’s chief computational scientist and ACME’s software engineering lead. (1400, 6900, 8300) EC [SSEF

Image of computer_edward_jimenez.jpg

Edward Jimenez Jr.

was recognized by Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as “Most Promising Engineer or Scientist — Advanced Degree, PhD.” His award was presented at the 26th annual Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference in New Orleans. Edward received this award in recognition of his exceptional leadership, innovative research, and commitment to the community while continually demonstrating integrity, technical knowledge, excellent communication skills, and superb teamwork, especially in nurturing the development of future scientists and engineers.

Sandia conceptualized, designed, and prototyped

an advanced analytics and visualization environment to support national cybersecurity applications. The prototype flexibly aggregates an array of live data feeds and filters and displays the information in an interactive visualization environment. The project advances national analytics capabilities for protecting high-consequence networks and cybersystems, identifying trending cyber threats, and assessing cyber defense state-of-health. (8900) IHNS [Cyber]

The Institutional Computing program

made strategic and tactical investments in FY14 to support new areas of computing interest expressed by organizations across the Labs. Basic computer science research, emerging technology demonstrations, emulations of large complex systems, and data analytics are interest areas supported by the purchase of the cloud-based Dark Nebula system. Other specialized platforms for graph analysis and big data problems are in service, as is an expanded Dark Bridge system that represents Sandia’s capability solution for the National Security community. (9300, 1400) All PMUs [LF]

Sandia developed SNLSimMagic

, an augmented reality iOS application that can be downloaded to an iPhone or iPad. If users scan an image in the Sandia High Performance Computing Annual Report using SNLSimMagic, a movie clip of the relevant computer simulation will play on their device. This app, available through the Apple Store [], was recently demonstrated at Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans. (6900, 9300) [LF, Cyber]

Image of computer_image1.jpg
GETTING FOCUSED — Students rise to the challenges presented to them during a Tracer FIRE cyber defense exercise. The students visited Sandia under a DOE-funded pilot project to help students in minority-serving institutions improve cybersecurity education.   (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Under the Minority Serving Institutions effort by DOE/NNSA, Sandia worked with a consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to increase interest in STEM at the K-20 level, improve educational opportunities at the undergraduate level, and support research at the graduate level. Activities included hosting sabbaticals for teachers and faculty from HBCUs, supporting interns and providing CyberPatriot training to middle school students in the US Virgin Islands, and Tracer FIRE cybersecurity training for high school and university students at multiple venues. (5600, 9300, 6600) NW [Cyber]

Image of computer_image2.jpg
THE TRINITY SUPERCOMPUTER is designed to provide increased computational capability for the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise in support of ever-demanding workloads.

The Trinity supercomputer is designed to provide increased computational capability for the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise. Trinity’s capabilities are needed to support the Stockpile Stewardship program’s certification and assessments to ensure the nation’s nuclear weapon stockpile is safe, reliable, and secure. Trinity is the first of the Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing’s Advanced Technology systems. Trinity’s features include high levels of processor parallelism, multi-level memory, tightly coupled nonvolatile storage, and fine-grain power management. Additional information can be found at (1400) NW [NW]