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.
Lab’s High Performance Computing Center Honored by HPCWire as 2013′s Best Application of Green Computing and Best Government-Industry Collaboration
During last week’s “Supercomputing 2013″ conference in Denver, Colorado, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was honored with HPCWire’s reader’s choice award for best application of green computing and the editor’s choice award for best government-industry collaboration. HPCWire is one of the country’s foremost high-performance computing-focused news organizations.
The reader’s choice award for best application of green computing was awarded to Livermore’s collaboration with IBM on the “Sequoia,” the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer. Sequoia is part of the Laboratory’s work on the Stockpile Stewardship program, helping to ensure the reliability of America’s nuclear arsenal. The editor’s choice award for best government-industry collaboration honored Livermore and IBM on the “Vulcan” supercomputer’s HPC4Energy incubator program. The HPC4Energy’s incubator program helps to illustrate the benefits of supercomputing to private industry through external application of supercomputer technologies and expertise to energy applications.
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.
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.
This week concluded the Washington Conference and Technology Workshop entitled The Changing Outlook for U.S. Energy: Will Shale Gas Transform America’s Energy Future?. The conference identified high-performance computing as a powerful tool to improve the production and environmental impact of shale gas. HPC’s value reaches beyond the oil and gas industry, and energy companies of all sizes will benefit from clear information on how to engage the HPC resources resident at our national labs.
In May 2011, national leaders established the National Roadmap on Advancing Energy Technologies through High-Performance Computing. Since then, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Howard Baker Forum have launched the HPC for Energy Initiative to enact the Roadmap’s recommendations. In this video interview, Dona Crawford, leader of Livermore’s cutting-edge HPC programs, details various elements of the HPC for Energy Initiative.