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.

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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.

See video for demonstration of IMPEDE Embolization Plug device

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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
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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.
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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