IBM and LLNL collaborate to form Deep Computing Solutions, located within LLNL's HPC Innovation Center (HPCIC). Researchers will work hand-in-hand with businesses and organizations to leverage high performance computing in such areas as improving our electric grid, advancing manufacturing, discovering new materials and leveraging Big Data. [More about collaboration with IBM]
WCI's mission-related research and development has important applications in a wide range of scientific and technological fields, providing collaborative opportunities with both academic and industrial institutions. The Laboratory has collaborated with IBM for nearly 20 years in high performance computing (HPC). Under a recent agreement, IBM and LLNL have formed an HPC collaboration called Deep Computing Solutions to take place within LLNL's High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC). HPCIC was created to help American industry harness the power of supercomputing to better compete in the global marketplace and it adds IBM's computational science expertise to LLNL's own for the benefit of Deep Computing Solution's clients.
The Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program advances the very large-scale computational capabilities of the DOE Office of Defense Programs, which complements both the Stockpile Stewardship Program and the Computations Program at LLNL by giving it the ability to anticipate and fulfill the future requirements of stockpile stewardship. The unique expertise and experience of WCI and the Laboratory in complex, large-scale problems complements those in academia and industry. Leveraging these in strategic partnerships can provide mutually beneficial, intellectually stimulating opportunities, as well as economic opportunities.
Collaborations in theory, computation, and experiment are facilitated by making Laboratory resources available to university faculty, research staff, and students. For example, the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program has established university partnerships as part of its Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II (PSAAP II), which has six Program Centers of Excellence that focus on broad areas of interest to stockpile stewardship. These university partnerships include:
In addition, WCI is mandated to make technologies developed in its mission work available for global socio-economic benefit. Opportunities also exist for limited-term positions for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and term positions in the physical sciences and computer science.
Much of WCI's research is conducted in collaboration with other divisions at LLNL (such as the Center for Applied Scientific Computing). We also encourage strategic collaborations with academic institutions and industry to study scientifically challenging problems in support of national security and basic science.
Competitive proposals for innovative, programmatically-relevant research initiatives are solicited, reviewed, and funded on the basis of scientific and technical merit. Research projects are subject to both internal and external peer review.
Parney Albright (left) and NASA Ames Research Center Director Pete Worden sign a formal agreement calling for collaboration on matters of national interest, including space missions, energy and advanced computing. [More about collaboration with NASA Ames Research Center]