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 highest-energy particle accelerator). The United States Department of Energy ( DOE) is a Cabinet -level department of the United States government responsible for energy policy The United States Department of Energy National Laboratories and Technology Centers are a system of facilities and laboratories overseen by the United States Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory ( Fermilab) located in Batavia near Chicago, Illinois, is a U The laboratory is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, which is composed of the University of Chicago, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. The University of Chicago is a Private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc ( a publicly traded company with over 55000 employees and revenues exceeding $10 , and BWX Technologies, Inc. BWX Technologies Inc (or BWXT) is the group that operates the Y-12 National Security Complex, and a member of the Los Alamos National Security LLC. (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. DuPage County is a county located in the US state of Illinois. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Interstate 55 (I-55 is an Interstate highway in the central United States. 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. The University of Chicago is a Private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The Metallurgical Laboratory or "Met Lab" at the University of Chicago was part of the World War II –era Manhattan Project, created by the Red Gate Woods is a Forest preserve within the Palos Division of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois. Early on the lab was part of the Manhattan Project, which built America's first atomic bomb. The World War II Manhattan Project developed the first Nuclear weapon (atomic bomb A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from Nuclear reactions either fission or a combination of fission and fusion.
Argonne currently has four 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. Chain Reaction is a 1996 American film starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Dunn