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September 30, 2013
Lab Breakthrough: Supercomputing Power to Accelerate Fossil Energy Research

Learn how a new supercomputer at the National Energy Technology Laboratory will accelerate research into the next generation of fossil fuel systems.

September 26, 2013
Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need to Know About Supercomputers

In our newest infographic, we explain some of the complex terms associated with the speed, storage and processing on supercomputers; the game changing work being done with them; and the top 8 supercomputers that call the National Labs home.

September 25, 2013
Dr. Erich Strohmaier, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, presents data from the TOP500 list of supercomputers. | Photo courtesy of Berkeley Lab.
10 Questions for a Scientist: Erich Strohmaier

Dr. Erich Strohmaier discusses the evolution of the TOP500 list of supercomputers, his own career and where the field of high performance computing is going next.

September 20, 2013
This overlay of mass spectrometry images shows the spatial distribution of three different kind of lipids across a whole mouse cross-section. Lipids act as the structural components of cell membranes and are responsible for energy storage, among other things. | Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Reindl (Berkeley Lab).
Supercomputing: Eye-Opening Possibilities in Imaging

OpenMSI, a powerful visualization tool developed by Berkeley Lab, may show the way to everything from better biofuels to more effective medicines.

September 19, 2013
In this photo, two Argonne researchers are pictured with Argonne's first digital computer, AVIDAC. Designed and built by Argonne's Physics Division for $250,000, it began operations on January 28, 1953. AVIDAC stands for "Argonne Version of the Institute's Digital Automatic Computer" and was based on architecture developed by mathematician John von Neumann. Groundbreaking as it was, today's smartphones are far more sophisticated and powerful than this machine. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Throwback Thursday with AVIDAC

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

September 19, 2013
This image shows the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1398. | Image courtesy of the Dark Energy Survey.
Supercomputing: A Toolbox to Simulate the Big Bang and Beyond

Learn how three Energy Department National Labs are collaborating to peer deeper into the origins of our universe than ever before.

September 12, 2013
VIDEO: Secretary Moniz Dedicates Clean Energy Research Center

Watch Secretary Moniz's remarks at the opening of the new Energy Systems Integration Facility -- a site aimed at overcoming generation, transmission and distribution issues that will help support clean, renewable energy technologies.

September 11, 2013
New Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to Help Modernize the Grid

Today, Secretary Moniz is at the opening of an exciting new NREL facility that will house multiple experimental labs and test beds, including an interactive grid testing system.

September 5, 2013
Fun fact: Most systems require air conditioning or chilled water to cool super powerful supercomputers, but the Olympus supercomputer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is cooled by the location's 65 degree groundwater. Traditional cooling systems could cost up to $61,000 in electricity each year, but this more efficient setup uses 70 percent less energy. PNNL's scientists use the Olympus supercomputer to conduct advanced research in areas such as energy storage and future power grid development. This supercomputer has the ability to compute as fast as about 20,000 typical personal computers combined. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
Photo of the Week: The Olympus Supercomputer

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

September 4, 2013
Supercomputers: Extreme Computing at the National Labs

Sometimes big science requires big resources. Over the next month, we'll be highlighting one of those big resources -- supercomputers -- on energy.gov.