Lab Notes: Supercomputer challengers come to town

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By Roger Snodgrass

Students from around the state will visit Los Alamos Monday and Tuesday to face off for the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. Los Alamos National Laboratory will host more than 250 students from New Mexico’s high schools and middle schools. The occasion is the 18th Annual Supercomputing Challenge, the culmination of months of effort by the students and their teachers. Projects will be judged Monday and an awards ceremony will take place 9-11 a.m. Tuesday in the Church of Christ auditorium, 2323 Diamond Drive.Two teams from Albuquerque Academy, and teams from St. Pius/La Cueva, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos Middle School and Sandia Prep have been selected as first-round finalists based on their written reports.Topics by these contestants include such subjects as nanoscale assembly, hydrodynamic modeling, supersonic shockwaves, modeling spacecraft reentry for the high school students and energy efficiency and comparing numerical integration methods for the middle schoolers.Information about the challenge, including written reports can be found at www.challenge.nm.org/finalreports.   Budget talks feature lab directors 

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