Throughout its history, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been synonymous with supercomputing. Its achievements are showcased in a new, updated supercomputing exhibit on display at the Bradbury Science Museum.
The public grand opening of the exhibit, featuring a guest lecture and reception, takes place Thursday from 4-6 p.m.
“I’m so thrilled that the exhibit is upgraded now,” said the museum director, Linda Deck. She added that the new exhibit gives visitors a comprehensive look at supercomputing from its origins up to and beyond Roadrunner, the world’s first computer to operate at speeds exceeding one petaflop — a million billion calculations per second.
The updated exhibit includes more of everything—interactive displays, artifacts from early computers like the FERMIAC mechanical computer, vacuum tubes from the MANIAC computer, and unique IBM cell blades from Roadrunner.
The museum is located at 1350 Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. It is open Tuesday through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays and Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 505-667-4444 or visit http://www.lanl.gov/museum/.