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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 components..."

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