INL's Frank Roberto Probing life’s extremes in Yellowstone

Idaho National Laboratory biologist Frank Roberto squats on a gravelly patch of ground in Yellowstone National Park. At his feet, scalding water churns in a mustard-yellow pool the size of a wheelbarrow. Roberto reaches in with a plastic vial and scoops up a half-cup.

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From left are PPPL scientists Weixing Wang, David Mikkelsen, Stephane Ethier, and William Tang with a plasma turbulence simulation in the background. Not pictured is W. W. Lee. Inset: PPPL scientist Greg Hammett.PPPL scientists awarded 111 million hours of supercomputing time

Four research projects involving six scientists at DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have been awarded a total of 111 million processor hours on supercomputers at DOE's Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The researchers will be using the time for fusion energy-related research regarding plasma turbulence simulations. Plasma is a hot, gaseous state of matter used as the fuel to produce fusion energy—the power source of the sun and other stars.

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DOE Pulse
  • Number 306  |
  • March 1, 2010