At the Council on Competitiveness,we work towards increasing the competitiveness in the United States through our initiatives. Earlier this year, the Council launched one such initiative – the American Energy & Manufacturing Competitiveness (AEMC) Partnership. This 3-year effort is a partnership with the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) through its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), to support leverage points in the innovation ecosystem by creating a public-private partnership (PPP) to achieve two goals: increase U.S. competitiveness in clean energy products and increase U.S. competitiveness in the manufacturing sector overall by increasing energy productivity.
Conference: November 16 – 21, 2014
Exhibition: November 17 – 20, 2014
HPC is helping to solve our hardest problems in the world. Innovations from our community have far reaching impact in every corner of science, all the way to investment banking, in the discovery of new drugs, to the precise prediction of the next superstorm. For more than two decades, the SC Conference has been the place to build and share the innovations that are making these life-changing discoveries possible.
In November of 2014, SC is going back to New Orleans with new ideas and a fresh take on HPC. Spotlighting the most original and fascinating scientific and technical applications from around the world, SC14 will once again bring together the HPC community – an unprecedented array of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, students, programmers, system administrators, and developers – for an exceptional program of technical papers, tutorials, timely research posters, and Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions.
The SC14 Exhibition Hall will feature exhibits of the latest and greatest technologies from industry, academia and government research organizations; many of these technologies will be seen for the first time in New Orleans. Mark your calendar and make your way to New Orleans. No city offers the same extraordinary mix of food, music, culture, and history; and no conference offers a better opportunity to view the why HPC matters.
Join the community in November to share our collective accomplishments and to engage in important conversations of how we make HPC Matter to our lives, our future, our communities and our world.
Early this year, the Ohio Supercomputer Center celebrated its 25th anniversary. A few months later, the Center began building upon its award-winning industrial outreach activities by launching a new program called AweSim. This initiative is a collaborative effort, involving OSC and partners P&G, Intel, AltaSim Technologies, TotalSim USA, Kinetic Vision and Nimbis Services.
The AweSim program received a $3 million Innovation Platform Program grant from Ohio’s Third Frontier Commission to design and deploy easy-to-use advanced manufacturing simulation applications or apps. With matching funds from partner organizations, this $6.4 million program will provide Ohio’s small and mid-sized manufacturers with the tools they need to leverage simulation-driven design.
In 2002 the Japanese government announced the delivery of the ‘Earth Simulator,’ a 640-node vector parallel system capable of a peak performance of 40.96 teraflops. The high-performance-computing world was stunned: the climate-focused computer was more than three times as fast as the next-most powerful computer in the world and its theoretical peak performance was greater than the world’s next fastest half-dozen computers, combined. The high-speed-computing arms race had begun.
Within two years the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 was enacted and the phrase “leadership system” was coined. More than just a sobriquet, leadership systems represented for the US Department of Energy a new paradigm: a high-end computing system that is among the most advanced in the world in terms of performance in solving scientific and engineering problems. Now, more than a decade later, this vision to combine high-end computing with high-impact science is realized at the Leadership Computing Facility centers at Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories, which field, respectively, the second and fifth most powerful computers in the world and jointly manage an allocation program annually awarding to researchers around the globe nearly five billion core-hours for science and engineering simulations.
In this video interview, Dr. J. Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President, Science and Technology at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), and Dr. Bob LaBarre, Principal Mathematician & Group Leader for System Dynamics & Optimization at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), discuss the collaboration between UTRC and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory regarding the HPC4Energy Incubator.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s hpc4energy Incubator is producing real results for participating companies. “TIME: The HPC for Energy Advantage” displays the success of GE Energy, ISO New England, Robert Bosch LLC, and UTRC in dramatically reducing the time needed to develop new products. As these companies operate in the global marketplace, time savings from HPC notably reduce costs and increase competitiveness.
Supplying energy to the American people is an increasingly complex task. These complexities include not just the conversion of the various forms of energy (oil, gas, wind, hydropower, etc.) into useful forms (transportation fuel and electricity) but also moving the more useful form to where it can be used (transmission). Economics and government regulations complicate the matter further.
Let’s focus on electricity supply. The U.S. Electricity Grid, which could be considered the largest machine in the world, has innumerable moving parts. All elements must work together to provide a sufficient amount of electricity to homes, schools, businesses, and factories when its needed and at an affordable price. How do we know what is sufficient? How do we know when to supply it? How can we make it cheaper?
I believe we are at the forefront of a revolution here in California. We are fundamentally changing the way we live our lives. We are moving, awkwardly, but inevitably towards a more sustainable future. It began with the minds and hearts of the people: People who are committed to cleaner air, climate change mitigation, and renewable energy. People who vote for leaders committed to building a cleaner economy. People who vote with their pocketbooks to install roof top solar and drive electric vehicles. People who devote their careers to developing innovative clean technologies. And people who decide to live more frugally. While we haven’t found every policy and technology solution yet, and we haven’t built the infrastructure needed for this revolution to be successful, the revolution has begun.