Idaho National Laboratory has received delivery of a newÂ supercomputer designed to generate modeling for the development of futureÂ nuclear applications. TheÂ $19.2 million Sawtooth computer would help INL researchers virtually test new designs for reactors and fuels via simulation, the laboratory said Wednesday.
Researchers will receive access toÂ Sawtooth in early 2020, allowing for development with reduced physical resource costs.Â SawtoothÂ is currently INL’s fastest supercomputer. John Wagner, who serves as associate laboratory director of INLâs nuclear science and technology directorate, noted that the supercomputer will vitally contribute to development activities at theÂ National Reactor Innovation Center.
âWith advanced modeling and simulation and the computing power now available, we expect to be able to dramatically shorten the time it takes to test, manufacture and commercialize new nuclear technologies,â Wagner said.
The Department of Energyâs Office of Nuclear Energy provided funds for Sawtooth.