Advances in Understanding Durability of the Building Envelope: ORNL Research
November 22, 2013 — Moisture, and its accompanying outriders – things like mold, corrosion, freeze damage, and decay – present powerful threats to the durability and long-term performance of a building envelope.
First Annual Housing Innovation Award Winners Announced
November 22, 2013 — On October 4, 2013, the US Department of Energy (DOE) presented the inaugural winners of the firstever Housing Innovation Awards. The Awards recognize 46 diverse industry leaders bringing the best in energy efficient building technologies and design to new and older homes and helping households save money.
Tips on Homeowner Education
November 22, 2013 — Homeowner education is a facet of green building that receives little press; yet it is a growing mandate within various green building certification programs.
Perspectives on Next Steps in Residential Energy Efficiency
November 22, 2013 — “If you ask five people what sustainability means to them, you’ll get five different answers, but if you ask what makes a building sustainable, you may just get the same answer – energy efficiency,” began Linda L. LaCroix, Partner at Aspen Construction Services and Vermont State Representative to the National Association of Home Builders® (NAHB).
Mapping solute excesses and curvature of grain boundaries
November 21, 2013 — A novel characterization method has been developed that enables complete characterizations of grain boundaries by atom probe tomography (APT) in terms of the orientation relationship of the adjacent grains, local variations of the habit plane, surface curvature, and the solute excesses over the surface of a grain boundary.
Orienting oxygen defects for enhanced oxygen reduction kinetics
November 20, 2013 — Functional oxygen defects are shown to result in a two orders of magnitude improvement of the catalytic oxygen reduction kinetics in epitaxial SrCoO2.5 films. This discovery will impact our understanding of the fundamental properties in multivalent transition metal oxides and provides technological insights into developing new strategies for advanced energy materials and systems.
Peering into Cells One GPU at a Time
November 06, 2013 — Supercomputers monitor proteins responsible for cellular behavior
High-Risk, High-Reward Simulations
November 06, 2013 — OLCF successfully completes its 2012–2013 ALCC campaign
Code for Largest Cosmological Simulations Ever on GPUs Is Gordon Bell Finalist
November 05, 2013 — HACC uses modules with algorithms specific to different supercomputing architectures
Titan Gets Computational Company
November 01, 2013 — Two new computing resources are being installed at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) to enhance the user experience and maximize project outputs. The new machines will help scientists consolidate the massive amount of data gathered from Titan, allowing researchers to find answers to some of the world’s most puzzling problems.