Livermore lab’s new computing center marks start of ‘open campus’ initiative

July 6, 2011
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via Pleasanton Weekly News

In an initiative that aims to boost the country’s economic competitiveness, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories have opened the first phase of their new 110-acre “open campus” that will provide greater public access to research and advanced computer programs developed by the labs.

Last week, federal, state and local representatives joined managers from the two laboratories in dedicating the Livermore lab’s new High Performance Computing Innovation Center.

“This new center opens a new era in Lawrence Livermore’s collaboration with universities and industry,” said LLNL’s Director George Miller. “We have a long history of mutually beneficial partnerships. These efforts will expand with the innovation center, which will create even greater opportunities for collaboration with corporate and academic partners to meet the nation’s important challenges through advances in technology.”

The high performance computing center is part of the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), a complex located on Greenville Road between the two laboratories. In addition to LLNL and Sandia, the open campus partnership also includes the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Security Administration.

“The LVOC will position the two laboratories to more fully address their broad national security mission,” explained James (Buck) Koonce, a senior advisor at the Livermore Lab.

He said the national agencies and the labs “recognize that many national security issues are too important and complex to leave out the broader participation by the talented scientist and engineers in universities and industries.”

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