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High Performance Computing: Contributing to Advanced Research at Department of Energy

HPCHigh Performance Computing (HPC) is more than a faster form of computing. The added power of a high performance system can enable great things to happen like researchers developing a new alloy design for better gas mileage or a scientist solving the world’s greatest problems, like the global water shortage.

Given the power of HPC, the editorial staff at ModernGOV thought it best to focus on high performance computing for our latest news round-up. Keep reading below to see how researchers and agencies, like the Department of Energy, have embraced HPC.

Researchers Use High-Performance Computing To Drive Alloy Design

High performance computing is enabling great strides toward agency mission at the Department of Energy (DoE). The DoE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in partnership with FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler) and Nemak of New Mexico, are employing the speed and cost mitigating benefits of HPC to achieve the 2025 goal of all consumer vehicles attaining 54.5 miles to the gallon.

Part of a new initiative from DoE’s Vehicle Technologies Office, the ORNL-led project seeks to develop new high performance alloys. With the help of HPC, researchers hope to speed up research time. To that end, DoE program manager Jerry Gibbs shared- “The aggressive goals of these projects compress about half a century of typical materials development into a four-year project.”

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Could a New Center Help the U.S. in Global Supercomputing Rankings?

Did you know that the world’s fastest supercomputer resides in China?

According to a recent article on NextGov, China’s supercomputer, Tianhe 2, has been the top listed supercomputer for six consecutive years. However, the Department of Energy’s Berkeley National Laboratory’s Shyh Wang Hall is expected to give Tianhe 2 a run for its money.

The author elaborates- “The 149, 000 square foot facility is also expected to be one of the most energy efficient computing centers in the world. Its supercomputers will not include mechanical cooling, relying instead on natural air blown in from the nearby Pacific Ocean…”

Katherine Yelick, Berkeley Lab’s Associate Lab Director, explained that the center would be used to tackle such research issues as the rising sea-level, increasing droughts as well as the general desire for more energy efficient devices.

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High-Performance Computing Needs to Be Simplified, Democratized

Alan Alda or a pioneer for technology simplicity? This year at SC15, Alan Alda made a call for simplicity in how technologists and scientists explain technology during his keynote address.

Following Alda’s example, author Jamie J. Gooch, shared- “People are dying because scientists and engineers don’t communicate well. The odds are…that some of the more than 7 billion people in the world right now have the potential to solve some of humanity’s greatest problems…those people just need access to the right training, data and tools.”

Gooch goes on to explain that HPC is one of those tools, listing the research benefits of HPC in determining cleaner energy, solving the global water shortage and curing diseases like cancer. She asserts that the answers are already out there, waiting for the right researcher with the right tools.

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