Lab earns computing kudos

Lab earns computing kudos

Researchers at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have received a Federal Laboratory Consortium award for their widely used Molecular Science Software Suite.

The Richland, Wash., lab has more than 200 external license agreements with government, academic and industrial labs, said David Dixon, associate director of the lab's theory, modeling and simulation group.

The suite aids in designing new medicines and polymers. One tool performs the scientific calculations, a second adapts them to various parallel architectures and a third analyzes the results on high-end workstations.

The award honored the lab's innovation in technology transfer, including software distribution via the Web, Dixon said. The chemistry software is available without charge to users who sign a license agreement.

Contact PNNL at 888-375-7665.

'Tony Lee Orr, William Jackson, Patricia Daukantas and Susan M. Menke

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