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.
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?