The Livermore Computing Complex (LCC) harnesses the power of high-performance computing (HPC) through scalable, cost-effective, specialized environments from computers to buildings and facilities. Because computing is integral to most LLNL missions, LC must predict and develop the HPC advances necessary to meet user needs.
LLNL’s computing and simulation infrastructure spans several buildings with large computer rooms. The largest facility was designed specifically to house the landmark Purple and Blue Gene/L systems and their successors, which currently include Sequoia, Vulcan, and Zin, among others. This computer facility provides 48,000 ft2 and 30 MW of power for systems and peripherals, and additional power for the associated machine-cooling system—more than one acre of floor space devoted to computing. One of the most modern HPC facilities in the world, a world-class engineering and facilities staff maintains this building in collaboration with a 24/7 operations staff.
LC’s infrastructure exemplifies innovative engineering solutions for electrical, mechanical, and structural design. Its engineers designed and implemented state-of-the-art solutions to prepare the facility for Sequoia, which had unprecedented requirements for electrical power distribution, mechanical cooling infrastructure, and structural support for extremely heavy racks. LC is also committed to achieving energy efficiency and full life-cycle sustainability in its facilities. Since 2010, two LLNL computer buildings have been certified as “green” facilities by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Livermore Computing houses and supports some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world