R&D 100: Oscars of Innovation

Scientific researchers, technology transfer professionals, entrepreneurs and visionary business professionals create the stories of technology commercialization success. Along the way to success awards are won for technology transfer efforts. Since 1978 LLNL has been winning R&D 100 Awards—the “Oscars of Innovation”. Winners each year represent the most revolutionary technologies recently recognized by the market.

Flux: A Fully Hierarchical Workload Manager for Supercomputing Workflows

Flux is a next-generation workload management software framework for high-performance computing (HPC). It combines fully hierarchical resource management with graph-based scheduling to improve the performance, portability, flexibility, and manageability of scheduling and execution of complex scientific workflows on HPC systems both at the system and user level.

Winners: LLNL: Dong H. Ahn, Albert Chu, Jim Garlick, Mark Grondona, Stephen Herbein, Daniel Milroy, Christopher Moussa, Tapasya Patki, Thomas R.W. Scogland, Becky Springmeyer; University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Michela Taufer    
Multiplicity Counter for Thermal and Fast Neutrons (MC-TF)

The Multiplicity Counter for Thermal and Fast Neutrons (MC-TF) is a field-deployable device that first responders can use to quickly assess in real-time and with high confidence the threat level posed by a suspected nuclear weapon. The MC-TF is designed to detect time-correlated fast and thermal neutrons unique to special nuclear material (SNM); the core of a nuclear weapon.

Winners: LLNL: Dr. Sean Walston; Radiation Monitoring Devices: Jaroslav Glodo, Joshua Tower, Charles Sosa; JHUAPL: Dr. William Noonan; DTRA: Dr. Hongguo (Hank) Zhu
Optical Transconductance Varistor – Revolutionizing the Smart Grid

The Optical Transconductance Varistor (OTV) is a light-triggered semiconductor power switch enabling higher switching speeds than competitors at previously unattainable voltages to facilitate more efficient grid-scale power conversion, reduce expensive, environmentally-damaging energy losses, and generate the voltages required for medical proton therapy or air disinfection.

Winners: LLNL: Lars Voss. Paulius Grivickas, Adam Conway, Mihail Bora, George Caporaso, Hoang Nguyen, Lisa Wang, Dave Palmer, Craig Brooksby, Brad Hickman, Steve Hawkins, Rebecca Nikolic, Eric Strang; Opcondys: Kristin Sampayan, Steve Sampayan
Versatile Cold Spray (VCS)

Versatile Cold Spray (VCS) outperforms other cold spray and additive manufacturing techniques by depositing both ductile and brittle materials to any substrate of any shape without adhesives. The unique VCS nozzle and feed system preserves the functional qualities of brittle materials such as semiconductors, including thermoelectrics, and magnets, achieving a coating with greater than 99% density. The streamlined, portable, low-cost VCS design enables high-density, functional coatings in place, providing a viable pathway to creating energy-harvesting thermoelectric generators from heat-emitting industrial components of any form factor. These thermoelectric generators present an elegant solution—with no moving parts or chemicals—to begin to capture the 13 quadrillion BTUs of energy lost to waste heat each year from U. S. industrial operations. The Livermore/TTEC team that developed VCS has demonstrated its effectiveness inbuilding a thermoelectric generator as well as its capability to apply magnetic coatings, creating permanent magnets inside motor housing or generator parts, and insulating materials, an important component of energy harvesting and storage devices.

Winners: LLNL: Dr. Harry Radousky, Dr. Scott McCall, Dr. Elis Stavrou, Dr. Alex Baker, Dr. Nathan Woollett TTEC Thermoelectric Technologies: Richard Thuss
IMPEDE® Embolization Plug

The IMPEDE® Embolization Plug is a permanently implanted vascular occlusion medical device featuring fast, easy deployment with low radial force and high vessel conformability. It combines a novel biodegradable shape memory polymer (SMP) foam with a radiopaque markerband and anchor coil for positioning, rapid clotting, and integrated healing response.

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MC-15 Portable Neutron Multiplicity Detector

The MC-15 detects neutrons to within 100-nanosecond resolution, enabling emergency response teams to quickly identify and assess nuclear-based threats. The MC-15 processes data in real time, requires little training to operate, and is portable, lighter, and faster than any neutron multiplicity detector on the market.

Winners: Sean Walston
SCR Framework: Accelerating Resilience and I/O for Supercomputing Applications

The Scalable Checkpoint/Restart Framework 2.0 (SCR) enables high performance computing simulations to take advantage of hierarchical storage systems, without complex code modifications. With SCR, scientific simulations’ input/output performance can be improved by orders of magnitude, with their results produced in significantly less time than they could be with traditional methods.

Winners: Adam Moody, Kathryn Mohror, Elsa Gonsiorowski, Cameron Stanavige, Bronis R. de Supinski, Gregory Becker, Kathleen Shoga, Greg Kosinovsky, Tony Hutter.
Spack: A Package Manager for HPC Systems

Spack is an open source software package management tool for scientific computing. It simplifies and accelerates building, installing, and customizing complex software stacks. Spack unifies software deployment for laptops, clusters, and supercomputers, enabling a community of thousands of users to share and leverage over 3,200 scientific software packages.

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Winners: Todd Gamblin, Greg Becker, Tamara Dahlgren, Gregory L. Lee, Matt Legendre, Peter Scheibel