Science & Technology: From Seeing to Understanding
Dec 13, 2004, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arnie Heller)
"Extraordinarily complex, three-dimensional (3D) supercomputer
simulations play a major role in making sure the nation's nuclear
stockpile remains safe and reliable. The simulations require
supercomputers performing trillions of operations per second
(teraops) often for weeks at a time.
"Understanding these simulations depends, to a great extent, on
the human eye to carefully scrutinize the vast amounts of
simulation information translated into still and moving images.
These images allow researchers to gain insight into how a nuclear
weapon operates and the effects of aging on its many