Argonne National Laboratory is one of the United States Department of Energy's oldest and largest science and engineering research national laboratories and is the largest in size in the Midwest (approximately twice the area of the nearby Fermilab, which hosts the world's second-highest-energy particle accelerator). The laboratory is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, which is composed of the University of Chicago, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., and BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT). It is located on 1,700 acres (6.9 km²) in DuPage County, 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Chicago, Illinois, on Interstate 55. When it was first established it was known as the University of Chicago's Metallurgical Laboratory (Met Lab), and it was previously located within Red Gate Woods. Early on the lab was part of the Manhattan Project, which built America's first atomic bomb.
Argonne currently has five main areas of focus. Argonne's focus on these areas is meant to fulfill several governmental responsibilities in the hopes of benefiting the society at large.
Argonne scientists and engineers help advance science, engineering, and mathematics education in the United States by taking part in the training of nearly 1,000 college graduate students and post-doctoral researchers every year as part of their research and development activities. To help fulfill this end, Argonne National Laboratory was recently the facility awarded to receive the IBM Blue Gene/P. The Blue Gene/P is predicted to be the first supercomputer to operate at a speed faster than one petaflop.
Significant portions of the 1996 chase movie Chain Reaction were filmed in the Zero-Gradient Synchrotron ring room and the former Continuous Wave Deuterium Demonstrator laboratory.
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