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.
- Events: “To connect the computing resources at national laboratories, the Lawrence Livermore and the Howard Baker Forum have been hosting events around the country to showcase the promise of HPC.”
- HPC for Energy website: “The HPC for Energy site is a repository of stories about the successful application of HPC to energy challenges. It’s also a place where industry users can engage directly with national laboratory Sector Specialists.”
- hpc4energy Incubator: “This pilot allows six companies to identify key problems that will very quickly–through the use of HPC–make progress on key issues relevant to energy in their companies.”
To clarify the value of HPC, Crawford cites the example of LLNL’s collaboration with Navistar, which saved years in testing, generated a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency, and saved billions of dollars in fuel costs.