Computational Breakthroughs

    Research, develop, and routinely apply world-leading computational methods, approaches, applications, and technologies to solve Los Alamos’ most computationally challenging science and security problems.


    1. Develop and gain approval for a decadal plan to ensure competitive, robust, and sustainable energy and facilities infrastructure to meet ATS-5 deployment timeframes.
    2. Meet performance targets for weapons simulations on Crossroads by 2023.
    3. Demonstrate the capabilities of the Laboratory’s next-generation code project on El Capitan by 2024.
    4. Demonstrate and use the capabilities of Venado to increase predictive capabilities qualitatively through improved three-dimensional (3D) multi-physics simulations and advanced machine learning techniques, enabling a broad set of science and security breakthroughs by 2024.
    5. Identify and field a high-performance computing (HPC) machine that executes complex multi-physics simulation workflows within a human learning cycle by 2027.
    6. Incorporate high-fidelity computational exploration of narrative uncertainties into programmatic mission-critical assessments.
    7. Document a strategy to explore, develop, deploy, and operate HPC resources and services that are robust and forward-looking to meet program needs.
    8. Accelerate fundamental and applied computational and data science R&D efforts to enable achievement of critical outcomes for LANL priority areas.
    9. Strengthen and diversify the associated pipeline across the LANL information, science, and technology community.
    10. Develop and apply computational tools that improve prediction of high-explosives behavior in full weapons stockpile-to-target-sequence (STS) regimes.
    11. Develop a computational and analytic strategy for exploring key narrative uncertainties in problems of interest. 

    primary Strategic Objectives

    Technical Leadership - Deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs to advance relevant research frontiers and anticipate emerging national security risks.

    Nuclear Deterrent - Lead the nation in evaluating, developing, and ensuring effectiveness of our nuclear deterrent, including the design, production, and certification of current and future nuclear weapons.

    secondary Strategic Objective

    Threat Reduction - Anticipate persistent and emerging threats to global security; develop and deploy revolutionary tools to detect, deter, and respond proactively.