HPC for Energy http://hpc4energy.org Advancing Energy Technologies Through High-Performance Computing Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:25:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Higher Resolution Models Help Us Better Predict Power Generation Needs http://hpc4energy.org/higher-resolution-models-help-us-better-predict-power-generation-needs/ http://hpc4energy.org/higher-resolution-models-help-us-better-predict-power-generation-needs/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:36:10 +0000 Livermore http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1847 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides solutions through innovative science, engineering and technology. Our national laboratory system can provide HPC modeling and simulation expertise and capabilities found few places in the world. Whether creating detailed theoretical equations or writing the millions of lines of code that allows these supercomputers to make increasingly precise predictions on product performance, the scientists and engineers at these laboratories can help spur American innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. LLNL’s supercomputers take a large amount of data and drill down and analyze to provide a closer more accurate data set to provide enhanced insights on the value of demand response and storage. With more available data, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides higher quality data that leads to better predictions for Californian energy security.

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Power of Partnerships by the Council of Competiveness http://hpc4energy.org/power-of-partnerships-by-the-council-of-competiveness/ http://hpc4energy.org/power-of-partnerships-by-the-council-of-competiveness/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:32:57 +0000 Clara Smith http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1838 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. 

Similar to the goal of the HPC4Energy incubator, where energy companies worked in partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to use high performance computing, modeling and simulation to solve industry problems, EERE is working with the Council through the AEMC Partnership to determine exciting and profitable ways the public and private sector can work together.  The Council convened leaders in industry, academia, national laboratories, labor, non-profit organizations and the government during four dialogues in 2013 to determine relevant PPP concepts where organizations across the innovation ecosystem can synergistically work together and amplify achievements. Following an extensive literature review and release of the Power of Partnerships by the Council of Competiveness, the first AEMC Partnership dialogue convened over 100 leaders with interest and expertise in clean energy and manufacturing on April 11-12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. to kick off the collection of ideas on PPPs. The second dialogue followed on June 20, 2013, hosted by President Lloyd Jacobs of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, focusing on broad PPP concepts including the power of advanced materials in achieving the two AEMC Partnership goals.

The third dialogue was co-hosted by Dr. Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of General Electric in Niskayuna, New York on August 12-13, 2013. At this dialogue, the Council presented 5 PPP concepts to participants for their evaluation, in preparation to down-select to two concepts for the fourth dialogue. The fourth dialogue was co-hosted by Michael Splinter, Chairman of the Board of Applied Materials in Santa Clara, California on October 17, 2013.  The Council presented the two PPP concepts for participants to evaluate and provide comments: Facilitating the Transition from Prototypes to Commercially Deployable Products and a Clean Energy Materials Accelerator. The Council collected perspectives and insights from dialogue participants to better understand industry needs and interest in preparation for an upcoming first-of-its-kind inaugural American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, which will be held on December 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

The inaugural AEMC Summit provides a venue for energy and manufacturing leaders to discuss innovations and future directions in the energy and manufacturing sectors. At this Summit, the Council will present two PPP concepts to Dr. Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy cultivated during the AEMC Partnership dialogue series, in addition to convening panel discussions on the creating a resurgence in energy and manufacturing in the United States and increasing energy productivity and creating innovative energy products in an age of low-cost energy.  Confirmed speakers for the inaugural AEMC Summit include the Honorable Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy, Mr. Michael Mansuetti, President of Robert Bosch, LLC, Ms. Amy Ericson, U.S. Country President, Alstom, and Mr. Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin.

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Lab’s High Performance Computing Center Honored by HPCWire as 2013′s Best Application of Green Computing and Best Government-Industry Collaboration http://hpc4energy.org/labs-high-performance-computing-center-honored-by-hpcwire-as-2013s-best-application-of-green-computing-and-best-government-industry-collaboration/ http://hpc4energy.org/labs-high-performance-computing-center-honored-by-hpcwire-as-2013s-best-application-of-green-computing-and-best-government-industry-collaboration/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:01:52 +0000 Livermore http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1822 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.

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SC14: HPC Matters http://hpc4energy.org/sc14/ http://hpc4energy.org/sc14/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:32:53 +0000 Livermore http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1811 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.


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OSC Launches AweSim Industrial Outreach Initiative http://hpc4energy.org/osc-launches-awesim-industrial-outreach-initiative/ http://hpc4energy.org/osc-launches-awesim-industrial-outreach-initiative/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:46:22 +0000 Kevin Wohlever http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1788 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.

Many large manufacturers already have embraced simulation-driven design. The benefits are tangible; simulation-driven design replaces physical product prototyping with faster and less expensive computer simulations, reducing the time to take products to market, while improving quality and cutting costs. Unfortunately, many smaller manufacturers are missing out on this competitive advantage, because they cannot afford to invest in hardware, software or staff training. With our program, all that changes.

We decided to name our effort “AweSim” because a sense of awe is one of the emotions that often accompany the “Aha! moment,” a specific point in time when a student, professor, researcher, inventor or engineer unlocks the key to a challenging question or situation. Sim, short for simulation, is the means by which OSC helps clients achieve those inspirational moments of awe.

This effort is one more way that OSC has provided new and innovative ways to support the evolving needs of academic researchers and industrial partners. It complements our web-based toolkit, OSC OnDemand, as another way to remove barriers for clients using high performance computing systems.

For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing our users with the tools they need to accelerate the discovery of their “awe” moments. A member of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH), OSC has, throughout its history, been at the forefront of the national effort to help industry gain easy and affordable access to advanced modeling and simulation technologies.

OSC also has developed a national reputation for its training initiatives and now, working with the OH-TECH consortium, has instituted innovative computational science and HPC training programs at the K-12, higher education and workforce levels.

AweSim builds on these legacies, bringing together experts in HPC, modeling and simulation, workforce training and e-commerce to provide businesses with unprecedented access to simulation-driven design.

For more information, visit The AweSime Advantage.

About the Author:

Kevin Wohlever serves as director of the Shared Infrastructure (SI) division of the Ohio Technology Consortium. Currently, he also serves as the interim director of Supercomputing Operations for the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC).

The SI group provides a wide range of technical services to all OH-TECH member organizations (OSC, OARnet, OhioLINK, eTech, eStudent Services), as well as to the Board of Regents and affiliated units there, such at the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority. Those services include management of the LAN, servers, storage management, security, desktop services, videoconferencing, digital printers, and ITIL ticketing (ServiceNow) and project management services.

Wohlever served as director of OSC’s Supercomputing Operations since 2009. The HPC operations group at OSC provides the management of the hardware, software, storage and networking systems for research  computing. Before that, Wohlever was the managing project director for the OSC-Springfield office. The OSC-Springfield facility focused on Blue Collar Computing, data-intensive and large-scale data mining, and   bioinformatics.

Wohlever has held positions with various organizations in the past, each of which adds to his impressive list of qualifications, including technical project management and computer security. Some of the positions include: IS technical specialist for the Nationwide Insurance Company, research leader for the Dow Chemical Company and chief hardware/software engineer for the National Environmental Supercomputing Center as part of the Martin Marietta Technical Services Group. Prior to those, he had served as manager of the Systems Programming Group at OSC.

Wohlever earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University in 1982.

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Leadership Systems and Leadership Science http://hpc4energy.org/leadership-systems-and-leadership-science/ http://hpc4energy.org/leadership-systems-and-leadership-science/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:20:42 +0000 Julia White PhD http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1696 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.

Sixty percent of the available time on the 27-petaflops Cray XK7 “Titan” and 10-petaflops IBM Blue Gene/Q “Mira” are allocated through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment program, known as INCITE, which I manage on behalf of the two centers. We take the broadest possible interpretation of “science and engineering” and welcome applications from science communities ranging from biomedical research to astrophysics. Biologists, chemists, materials scientists, climate researchers, physicists and so on have found a receptive environment in INCITE, if they can demonstrate a true need for and ability to effectively use large portions of the leadership systems.

INCITE issues an annual call for proposals to which US- and non-US-based researchers can apply. Since the INCITE program awards time without reference to funding source (federal agency, state, private, etc) the review process is more extensive: we assess the potential impact of the project to the broader scientific and technical community. In fact, the INCITE review process is twofold. A panel of international reviewers in a particular domain assesses the impact of the work, and experts at the Leadership Computing Facility centers determine the ability of proposed INCITE projects to effectively use the resources being requested. Only those proposals determined by the peer-review panels to be of the greatest potential impact are considered for awards. From this list we then select those that successfully show that they can run well on the leadership systems. By “run well” I mean they can use a large fraction of the machine (we typically say twenty percent or more) for single-production or ensemble runs with a high degree of efficiency.

Sixty-one INCITE projects were awarded time for calendar year 2013, with per-project awards ranging from tens to hundreds of millions of core-hours. These projects are carrying out fundamental and applied research that is considered to be nonproprietary and no user fees are charged. When taking into consideration the cost to operate the center and to field these petascale systems, the effective value of any single INCITE award is on the order of one to several million dollars. The value to the center, the sponsors, and ultimately the researchers, is scientific discovery on a scale previously unimagined.

As far reaching as the scientific and engineering domains welcomed into the INCITE program, are their accomplishments. In 2007, modeling the basis of Parkinson’s disease was named the #1 computational accomplishment in DOE’s Breakthroughs. In 2008 and 2009, Nature and Science featured an INCITE project yielding the largest simulation of a galaxy’s worth of dark matter, which showed for the first time the fractal-like appearance of dark matter substructure. The world’s first continuous simulation of 21,000 years of Earth’s climate history in Science, 2009, was followed in 2010 by an unprecedented simulation of a magnitude-8 earthquake over 125 square miles. More recently, physicists examining the basic building blocks of atoms have calculated the number of bound nuclei in nature, as featured in Nature, 2012. Also last year, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology used the results of INCITE simulations on the flow of concrete, a multimillion dollar industry, to propose new standard reference materials.

From ten years ago to now, leadership systems and leadership science have come to the fore. Our vision is to couple high-end computing with high-impact science to enable scientific discovery by teams of researchers around the world. To learn more about the INCITE program, see www.doeleadershipcomputing.org. Although the call for proposals awarding time for 2014 is closed, we encourage you to contact us and learn more about the leadership systems and access to prepare for the next call for proposals, which opens in April 2014.

About the Author:

Julia C. White, Ph.D. is the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program manager. INCITE is a peer-review allocation program to award time on the US Department of Energy’s leadership-class supercomputers at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. INCITE enables researchers around the country to carry out unprecedented scientific and engineering simulations. Annual total awards of time are roughly the equivalent of $70 million. White provides leadership and oversight of INCITE from the call for proposals through peer-review and final awards. She previously held management roles at Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and at Physical Review B, an international journal specializing in condensed-matter phenomena and materials physics. White holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Indiana University–Bloomington and an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.


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HPC4Energy Incubator Collaboration with UTRC http://hpc4energy.org/hpc4energy-collaboration-with-utrc/ http://hpc4energy.org/hpc4energy-collaboration-with-utrc/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:07:15 +0000 HPC for Energy http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1671 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.

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TIME: The HPC for Energy Advantage http://hpc4energy.org/time-the-hpc-for-energy-advantage/ http://hpc4energy.org/time-the-hpc-for-energy-advantage/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 14:32:10 +0000 HPC for Energy http://hpc4energy.org/?p=1658 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.


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