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The aging of our nuclear weapons stockpile, due to the end of the Cold War and a halt in design and production of new nuclear weapons, has brought demanding technical challenges to the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons laboratories: Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories. As stewards of our nation's nuclear deterrent, our mission is to maintain a safe, secure, and reliable nuclear weapons stockpile without further underground nuclear testing. This mission is an enormous undertaking, and the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative program has a critical role in meeting these challenges within the Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship program.

D. Nowak, D. Crawford and D. McCoy, "Our Perspective on the Alliance Program's Benefits," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 2, no. , pp. 77-79, 2000.
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