Modeling and simulation are essential to nuclear energy innovation, as well as the continued safe, secure and efficient operation of existing nuclear systems.
The Nuclear Computational Resource Center (NCRC) was established at INL to provide easy access to computational tools, high performance computing (HPC) resources and training. The target audience includes, but is not limited to, users from the private sector, national laboratories, universities and federal agencies.
Available computational tools include INL’s extensive library of software based on the MOOSE modeling and simulation framework and relevant to nuclear energy, advanced manufacturing and environmental science applications. Examples of nuclear energy-related applications include:
Researchers can request access to software and high performance computing capabilities.
Idaho National Laboratory continues to expand the use of HPC and computational science to achieve the vision to change the world’s energy future and secure our nation’s critical infrastructure. Our focus on computing has expanded through the establishment of the Advanced Scientific Computing Division in August 2018, the September 2019 opening of the Collaborative Computing Center (C3) funded by the state of Idaho, and the December 2019 installation of Sawtooth, a 6-petaflop supercomputer supported by the Department of Energy through the Nuclear Science User Facilities.
Sawtooth: INL’s newest supercomputer came online in late 2019. It operates with a LINPACK rating of 5.6 petaflops, which ranked #37 on the November 2019 TOP500 list. The HPE SGI 8600 system comprises 99,792 cores with 403 TB of memory. The system also includes dedicated GPU capability.
Lemhi: The Lemhi supercomputer is a Dell 6420-based system operating on an OmniPath fat tree network. It came online in the fall of 2018, containing 20,160 cores and 94 total terabytes of memory. Lemhi is rated at 1 petaflop and ranked #427 on the November 2018 TOP500 list.
Falcon: Falcon’s SGI ICE-X distributed memory system comprises 34,992 cores, with each node containing dual Xeon E5-2695 v4 processors. It is rated at 1.1 petaflops and includes 121 TB of memory. It ranked #97 on the November 2014 TOP500 list when it was brought online.
A powerful new supercomputer arrived this week at Idaho National Laboratory’s Collaborative Computing Center. The machine has the power to run complex modeling and simulation applications, which are essential to developing next-generation nuclear technologies.
Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho State Board of Education, and the Idaho State Building Authority officially opened two brand-new buildings in Idaho Falls today: the Cybercore Integration Center (CIC) and the Collaborative Computing Center (C3).
Via the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON), an ultra-high-speed fiber optic network, Idaho’s three research universities will provide access to INL’s supercomputers right from campus, making C3 a hub for modeling and simulation for the students, faculty and their collaborators around the world.
Sawtooth will be housed in the brand new 64,000-square-foot Collaborative Computing Center (C3), one of two new buildings at INL’s Research and Education Campus. Both C3 and the Cybercore Integration Center are under construction after the Idaho Legislature authorized funding to build them. The State Board of Education is overseeing the construction project and will be a close partner in the facilities once they are completed. INL will lease both from the state on long-term agreements.
Nuclear reactors embody complexity. Nuclear physics, materials science, fluid dynamics and mechanical engineering are just a few of the disciplines that combine to create nuclear energy. Today, thanks to ever more powerful supercomputers, scientists at Idaho National Laboratory are gaining a better understanding of the inner workings inside today’s and tomorrow’s nuclear reactors.