May 23, 2023
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LLNL and SambaNova Systems announce additional AI hardware to support Lab’s cognitive simulation efforts

Jeremy Thomas/LLNL

LLNL and SambaNova Systems have announced the addition of a spatial data flow accelerator into the Livermore Computing Center, part of an effort to upgrade the Lab’s CogSim program. LLNL will integrate the new hardware to further investigate CogSim approaches combining AI with high-performance computing—and how deep neural network hardware architectures can accelerate traditional physics-based simulations as part of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing program. The Lab is expected to use the SambaNova AI systems to improve the fidelity of models and manage the growing volumes of data to improve overall speed, performance and productivity for stockpile stewardship applications, fusion energy research and other basic science work. "Multiphysics simulation is complex,” says LLNL Informatics Group Leader Brian Van Essen. “Our inertial confinement fusion experiments generate huge volumes of data. Yet, connecting the underlying physics to the experimental data is an extremely difficult scientific challenge. AI techniques hold the key to teaching existing models to better mirror experimental models and to create an improved feedback loop between the experiments and models. The SambaNova system will help us create these cognitive simulations.” Read more at LLNL News.