The Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories is one of the nation's largest and most diverse research and development facilities. It employs more than 8,000 people at two locations in New Mexico and California. One of Sandia's strengths is in computational and experimental mechanics where several advanced code development efforts are in progress. These codes are run on state-of-the-art vector and massively parallel computer systems at Sandia. They support internal customers with analysis capabilities and the codes are also distributed to external customers. In addition, Sandia makes use of commercial and externally developed codes when applicable.
The highly parallel supercomputers are located at Sandia's Massively Parallel Computing Research Laboratory (MPCRL) in Albuquerque, NM. The main computational resource at Sandia is the largest Intel Paragon, a 3680 processor machine. Several applications which run in excess of 100 Gflop/s have been developed at Sandia. Sandia recently announced that it will acquire a Teraflops computer in 1996, under a joint research contract with Intel in the framework of the new DoE ASCI program.