Driven by rapid technological advances within the past two decades, computing
and high-speed networking have emerged as powerful tools for science and are
even changing the ways in which modern science is conducted. DOE is a national
leader in the scientific computing field–supporting fundamental research in
advanced scientific computing, applied mathematics, computer science, and
networking. The DOE computational infrastructure provides world-class,
high-performance computational and networking tools that enable scientific,
energy, environmental, and national security research.
NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing, has named the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory a 2016 GPU Research Center. Brookhaven Lab was recognized for its use of graphics processing unit (GPU)-accelerated computing to conduct research in fields including materials science, physics, and climate science, and for its vision to further the application of GPU-accelerated computing in those and other research fields with a high computational demand.
A re-analysis of nuclear fuel rods from a commercial reactor used improved radiochemical methods developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and characterized more than 50 different isotopes and 16 elements with high accuracy. It produced an experimental data set with uncertainties many times smaller than those obtained by the earlier radiochemical analysis. Modeling and simulation experts at ORNL applied the more accurate experimental data to validate codes widely used by the nuclear safeguards research community.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.