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Los Alamos National Laboratory: Seven Decades of Computing Leadership

Los Alamos National Laboratory: Seven Decades of Computing Leadership

This IDC Buyer Case Study benefits from recent IDC discussions with officials of LANL. LANL hosts a major U.S. government–funded supercomputing center that has twice housed the world's most powerful supercomputer and that will soon operate Trinity, a system that represents an important milestone en route to exascale computing capability. Since its founding in 1943, LANL has operated 100 leading-edge scientific computers, including early iconic systems such as the LANL-developed Mathematical Analyzer, Numerical Integrator, and Computer (MANIAC). LANL is widely recognized as a leader in exploiting high-performance computing in the interests of national security and advanced scientific and engineering research. The lab has been expanding its support for industrial collaborations and novel research on technologies for large-scale supercomputer systems.

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IDC Opinion
In This Buyer Case Study
Situation Overview
Organization Overview
LANL: A History of Computing Firsts
The Pioneering Years (1943–1960): LANL Paves the Way for Supercomputing
The Lab's Crucial Checkout-and-Feedback Role
The Early Supercomputer Era (1960–1980): LANL Usage Helps Define the Future
The Age of Heterogeneous Parallelism (1980–Today): LANL Passes the Giga, Tera, and Peta Milestones
Heading Toward Exascale: The Next-Generation Trinity Supercomputer
Major Collaborations with Industry
Chevron–LANL Collaboration
GE Oil & Gas
EMC–LANL CRADA Collaboration
PRObE Center Aims to Advance Research About Large-Scale Supercomputers
Challenges and Solution
Challenges
Solution
Opportunities
Results
Essential Guidance
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Figure: Major Supercomputers Operated by LANL, 1940–2020

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