Entrepreneurs Greg Scantlen, Paul Saxe and Chuck Bulow depend on high-speed, sophisticated computers to run their individual businesses. And even though they’re developing different products, the trio decided to apply collectively for free technical assistance from scientists at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories through the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program.
Scantlen owns CreativeC, a Los Alamos and Albuquerque company that works with graphic processing units – chips composed of thousands of parallel threads that can process multiple calculations simultaneously at computing speeds about 100 times faster than the traditional central processing units used by most home computers.
Saxe runs Materials Design, an Angel Fire-based software company whose customized modeling software allows researchers to conduct experiments on computers – rather than the physical world – to see how metals, liquids and other materials will interact. Results allow the company’s clients to make their products more efficient, productive and cost-effective.
Both wondered if LAMMPS, the large-scale atomic/molecular massively parallel simulator developed by scientists at Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories in the 1990s, could be used as the foundation to help them increase computing speed and make modeling more sophisticated.