Non-profit research organization RAND Corporation and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have hosted a joint workshop that facilitated the analysis ofÂ water management strategiesÂ through high-performance computer simulations.
LLNL said Thursday workshop participants used supercomputer simulations toÂ test water management portfolios such as conservation, groundwater and seawater desalination and water reuse againstÂ climate change scenarios and development patterns.
Fred Streitz, director of LLNL’sÂ High Performance Computing Innovation Center, said the exercise worked to demonstrate how RAND’sÂ analytics methods and LLNL’sÂ supercomputing capacityÂ can aidÂ decision-making and policymaking onÂ water management.
Ed Balkovich, RAND senior information scientist, noted thatÂ participants performed approximatelyÂ 60,000 simulations within 45 minutes, which he said would have taken 14 days in 2012.
Workshop participants included entitiesÂ that were involved in RAND’s 2012 study ofÂ the Colorado River Basin, LLNLÂ said.
The workshop is part ofÂ the LLNL/RAND Partnership for Computational Policy Analysis that seeksÂ to address public policy and national security challenges through the integration of computing technologies with analytics methods, the lab added.