May 2021   |   Biology, Machine Learning

Countering COVID

An ambitious hunt for antiviral therapies underscores how DOE high-performance computers can offer rapid results in health emergencies.

Applied Mathematics, Energy
April 2021

Lights, CAMERA, insights

DOE points its CAMERA collaboration at growing challenges in energy, nanoscience and computing across its light-source facilities.

Biology, Engineering
April 2021

On cancer’s trail

With supercomputer power from Oak Ridge’s Summit, Duke researchers aim to follow circulating cancer cells to understand metastasis.

April 2021

Dishing up the early universe

The Summit supercomputer tunes up for galaxies’ worth of radio-telescope data.

Science Highlights

August 2020

Computing nuclei properties at lightning speed

Physicists draw from Oak Ridge’s Summit supercomputer to train personal computers to calculate atomic nuclei properties in about an hour.

Nuclear physicists have developed a new method for quickly emulating the properties of atomic nuclei – quantum objects whose properties are complex and cannot be explained by classical physics. The new method helps scientists understand those quantum properties. The emulator allows a standard personal computer to approach these quantum problems in less than an hour, starting with a training stage that uses a small set of exact calculations from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s Summit supercomputer. The emulator then generates 1 million predictions for the ground-state energy and charge radius of nuclei of the isotope oxygen-16.

Researchers have long sought to uncover the properties of the interaction that binds protons and neutrons to atomic nuclei. But analyzing millions of exact samples of a complex nucleus would take the Summit supercomputer more than a year. This new method dramatically reduces the computational complexity of the many-nucleon problem and introduces new possibilities to systematically quantify uncertainties in first-principle atomic nuclei computations.

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