For almost three decades, the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program has pioneered the use of high performance computing technologies to create a unique modeling and simulation capability to address the challenges arising from the 1992 ban on underground nuclear testing. To achieve this feat, the program has balanced investments between fundamental and applied research and development, covering an extensive tools suite of hardware, software, algorithms, mathematics, and physics. 

The incredible opportunities which are emerging from artificial intelligence have truly revolutionary possibilities. We believe this technology can be applied to every aspect of our nuclear deterrent mission, accelerating the time needed to solve some of the nation’s toughest science challenges, but only if investments are made to re-purpose the technology to apply to the unique challenges posed by the NNSA mission. 

In this strategy, we describe how the ASC program plans to deploy artificial intelligence methods in the unique high security and high-consequence environment in which the NNSA must operate. 

As we look to the third decade of the ASC program, our dedicated and talented laboratory staff will diligently work to blend the very best of our high-performance modeling and simulation capabilities with novel artificial intelligence tools, ensuring that ASC stays at the forefront of scientific delivery in support of the U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program.

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