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Electrical circuits encased in fluid may reshape data-center design

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Keeping electrical circuits dry is generally considered a vital safety measure, but at Sandia National Laboratories’ high-performance computing center, technicians adjust live circuits submerged in liquid. “It’s pretty cool — and a little unusual — to walk into a computing lab and see electrical hardware submerged in fluid,” said Sandia engineer David […]

1.15 billion artificial neurons arrive at Sandia

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In a groundbreaking stride toward the future of computing, early this year Sandia National Laboratories researchers welcomed the arrival of an extraordinary brain-based computing system called Hala Point. Packed with a staggering 1.15 billion artificial neurons — believed to be the biggest brain-based computing system in the world — and cleverly confined […]

Out of the desert, a quantum powerhouse rises

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — They knew it was an ambitious goal. But by the time they announced it in 2022, Sandia National Laboratories and The University of New Mexico — two of the state’s largest research institutions — had been working out their strategy for more than a year. Their goal: transform the state into a […]

Creating the self-healing grid of the future

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Self-healing electrical grids: It may sound like a concept from science fiction, with tiny robots or some sentient tech crawling around fixing power lines, but in a reality not far from fiction a team of researchers is bringing this idea to life. What’s not hard to imagine is the potential value of […]

SCREAM wins Gordon Bell climate prize at SC23 convention

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Running a model of the global atmosphere with unprecedentedly high resolution on the world’s first exascale supercomputer, a team led by Sandia National Laboratories has won the Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modeling presented by the Association for Computing Machinery. The award, announced Nov. 16 at the SC23 convention in Denver, recognizes […]

Stout supercomputer makes Top500 list

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Stout, a new Sandia National Laboratories supercomputer, secured its place on the Top500 computers list that was released Nov. 13. Boasting a performance of 8.9 petaflops, Stout claimed the No. 87 spot on the renowned benchmark list of the world’s fastest computers. Brewed from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and […]

Two researchers elected associate fellows for aerospace contributions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Sandia National Laboratories employees will soon join the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics class of 2024 as associate fellows. “This distinguished group of professionals has made significant and lasting contributions to the aerospace profession,” said AIAA President and Sandia Deputy Laboratories Director Laura McGill. “They exemplify expertise and dedication to […]

New tool models viability of closed-loop geothermal systems

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Geothermal power has a lot of promise as a renewable energy source that is not dependent on the sun shining or the wind blowing, but it has some challenges to wide adoption. One of these challenges is that there are a limited number of locations in the U.S. that naturally have the right […]

Asian American Engineer of the Year goes to Sandia Labs computer scientist

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tian Ma, a distinguished computer engineer in research and development at Sandia National Laboratories, has been honored as a 2023 Asian American Engineer of the Year by the Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA. Each year, CIE recognizes exceptional Asian American engineers who demonstrate strong technical skills, leadership abilities and a commitment to public […]

Scorpius images to test nuclear stockpile simulations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One thousand feet below the ground, three national defense labs and a remote test site are building Scorpius — a machine as long as a football field — to create images of plutonium as it is compressed with high explosives, creating conditions that exist just prior to a nuclear explosion. These nanosecond […]

Cyber Defender interns take on national security challenges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nearly every day, a cyberattack or newly discovered zero-day exploit hits the headlines, which makes providing the best training for the next generation of cybersecurity professionals of vital importance. Sandia National Laboratories’ internship institute in cybersecurity, called the Center for Cyber Defenders, has been introducing college students from across the U.S. to […]

Sandia science and technology researchers to mentor minority students

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A government-funded consortium offering science and technology learning opportunities to student minorities aims to, over time, equalize workforce demographics at national laboratories, said leaders of the effort at Sandia National Laboratories. The partnership, titled the Rio Grande Consortium for Advanced Research on Exascale Simulation, known as Grande CARES, is funded by […]

Bigger and better quantum computers possible with new ion trap, dubbed the Enchilada

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has produced its first lot of a new world-class ion trap, a central component for certain quantum computers. The new device, dubbed the Enchilada Trap, enables scientists to build more powerful machines to advance the experimental but potentially revolutionary field of quantum computing. In addition to traps operated at […]

Safeguarding the nation with Untitled Goose Tool

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Programmers at Sandia National Laboratories are helping the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency protect the nation through an innovative program, assisting Microsoft cloud users everywhere in tracking down hackers and cyber terrorists. Untitled Goose Tool was introduced to the public through a CISA alert in March. Sandia cybersecurity expert Wellington Lee was […]

Sandia National Labs to demonstrate virtual, augmented reality tech

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Scientists and researchers from Sandia National Laboratories will offer up a first-hand look at virtual and augmented reality technology during a special event at Explora. Everyone from kids, families and STEM enthusiasts are invited to step into the world of extended reality, or XR, and witness cutting-edge technologies coming to life. Participants […]

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