Oak Ridge National Laboratory News

Washington Post: Oak Ridge and NVIDIA unveil Titan supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory unveiled their new flagship computer, Titan, on Monday. The Department also announced its latest round of Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment award recipients. Titan is ten times more powerful than its predecessor, Jaguar, with a theoretical peak performance of twenty petaflops, or 20,000 trillion calculations per second.

UT, ORNL Lead National Team to Study Materials Performance in Nuclear Fusion Reactors

Power from nuclear fusion reactors has the promise to be safe, sustainable, and limitless. But science has not been able to bring fusion energy to the commercial energy market. This is partly because the operating limits of the reactor materials are not known. A team of researchers at UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in collaboration with seven other institutions, is trying to solve this challenge.

UT Launches Institute for Nuclear Security

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Speculation over the nuclear ambitions of countries like Iran and North Korea and debate over proposed nuclear reactors in the US and abroad make it apparent that the need for nuclear security experts did not end with the Cold War. For this reason, UT Knoxville has launched the UT Institute for Nuclear Security.

UT Architecture Professor Receives College’s First ORNL-UT Joint Appointment

Professor Edgar Stach is the first faculty member of the College of Architecture and Design to receive a joint appointment with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the university. Through the year-long position at ORNL, Stach will research and develop technologies and methods to achieve cost effective, energy-efficient applications for high-performing retrofitted and new buildings.

UT Faculty Research Why Drugs Work on Some and Not Others

Two UT biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology faculty members may have uncovered why some people respond to drugs differently. Jerome Baudry and Yinglong Miao, joint faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, used supercomputer simulations at ORNL to give them unprecedented access to a key class of proteins involved in drug detoxification.

UT and Y-12 Sign Employee Agreement

UT Knoxville and Y-12 Nuclear Security complex have signed an agreement, enhancing their partnership. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and Darrel Kohlhorst, B&W Y-12 president and general manager, during a meeting on Wednesday, September 28.

UT’s Anderson Center Connects Local Businesses with Technology

Local companies have tremendous technology resources and services to help them grow and enhance their efficiency available right in their own back yard. An event at UT Knoxville will show companies how to access them. The 2011 Innovation Valley Technology and Resource Showcase will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, in the James A. Haslam Business Building.

New Center Now Choosing Inaugural Class of Graduate Students

UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new science and energy center has received program approval and named its first set of faculty members. The process for selecting its inaugural class of graduate students is now underway.