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Company Overview of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Company Overview

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a national security laboratory, provides research and developmental programs in energy and environment, bioscience and biotechnology, and basic science and advanced technology. The company enables the nation's nuclear weapons security through application of advances in science and engineering, as well as serves national security needs, which include countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and strengthening homeland security against the terrorist use of such weapons. The company provides services for the U.S. department of energy's national nuclear security administration. The company was founded in 1952 and is based in Livermore, Ca...

7000 East Avenue

Livermore, CA 94550

United States

Founded in 1952





Key Executives for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Acting Director and Acting President of Lawrence Livermore National Security
Chief Financial Officer
Principal Associate Director of Global Security
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Key Developments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Receives $5.6 Million to Develop Next Generation Neural Devices

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory received $5.6 million from the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop an implantable neural interface with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain for treating neuropsychiatric disorders. The technology will help doctors to better understand and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain and other conditions. Several years ago, researchers at Lawrence Livermore in conjunction with Second Sight Medical Products developed the world's first neural interface (an artificial retina) that was successfully implanted into blind patients to help partially restore their vision. The new neural device is based on similar technology used to create the artificial retina. The project is part of DARPA's SUBNETS (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies) program.

Cray, Intel and Lawrence Livermore Develops Catalyst, Available to Industry Collaborators to Test Big Data Technologies, Architectures and Applications

Catalyst is available to industry collaborators to test big data technologies, architectures and applications. Developed by a partnership of Cray, Intel and Lawrence Livermore, this Cray CS300 high performance computing (HPC) cluster is available for collaborative projects with industry through Livermore's High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC). A resource for the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, the 150 teraflop/s (trillion floating operations per second) Catalyst cluster has 324 nodes, 7,776 cores and employs the latest-generation 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2695v2 processors. Catalyst runs the NNSA-funded Tri-lab Open Source Software (TOSS) that provides a common user environment across NNSA Tri-lab clusters (Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national labs). Catalyst features include 128 gigabytes (GB) of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) per node, 800 GB of non-volatile memory (NVRAM) per compute node, 3.2 terabytes (TB) of NVRAM per Lustre router node, and improved cluster networking with dual rail Quad Data Rate (QDR-80) Intel TrueScale fabrics. The addition of an expanded node local NVRAM storage tier based on PCIe high-bandwidth Intel Solid State Drives (SSD) allows for the exploration of new approaches to application check-pointing, in-situ visualization, out-of-core algorithms and big data analytics. NVRAM is familiar to anyone who uses USB sticks or an MP3 player; it is simply memory that is persistent and that remains on files even when the power is off, hence 'non-volatile.' Deployed in October 2013, the Catalyst architecture already has begun to provide insights into the kind of technologies the ASC program will require over the next decade to meet high performance simulation and big data computing mission needs. The increased storage capacity of the system (in both volatile and nonvolatile memory) represents the major departure from classic simulation-based computing architectures common at DOE laboratories and opens new opportunities for exploring the potential of combining floating point focused capability with data analysis in one environment. The machine's expanded DRAM and fast, persistent NVRAM are well suited to a broad range of big data problems including bioinformatics, business analytics, machine learning and natural language processing.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Announce Management Changes

Parney Albright announced that he is stepping down as director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the end of October 2013 to pursue his broader interests and contributions to the U.S. national security enterprise. Albright has served as Laboratory director since December 2011. Albright also steps down as president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. In the interim, the LLNS Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Bret Knapp, principal associate director for weapons programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), as acting LLNL director and LLNS president effective Nov. 1, 2013. Knapp is a recognized expert in national security with 26 years of work experience at LLNL in programmatic roles of increasing responsibility before he joined the senior management team at LANL in 2006.

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