My name is Yasmin Jackson, and I am a participant of the 2006 Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) Program at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The RAMS Program is based on the belief that national laboratories and universities, working hand in hand, offer the best opportunity to make a positive impact on the quality of a diverse workforce.
My research task for this summer is regression testing for the National Center for Computational Science (NCCS). The NCCS facility provides researchers an unparalleled environment for new discoveries that will dramatically impact the nationís ability to produce a secure energy economy and increase mankindís understanding of our world. As a designated User Facility, the NCCS will
Deliver leadership-class computing for science and engineering
Today, the computing resources of the NCCS are among the fastest in the world, able to perform more than 40 trillion calculations per second. Investigations by researchers nationwide range from materials science to astrophysics; combustion to fusion simulations, and beyond.
- Focus on grand challenge science and engineering applications
- Procure largest-scale computer systems (beyond vendor design point) and develop high-end operational and application software
- Educate and train next generation computational scientists
NCCS's mission is to be a national leader in capability computing.Their goal is to upgrade the Jaguar Cray XT3 computer from 25 Teraflops to 1 Petaflop. Since the computing environment is under continuous modification, the regression testing performed will help fulfill the mission of quality control.