Tag: Department of Energy
A team of scientists and mathematicians at the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using powerful NERSC supercomputers together with sophisticated algorithms to create cleaner combustion technologies.
The United States Department of Energy has announced a plan to field an exascale system by 2022, but says in order to meet this objective it will require an investment of $1 billion to $1.4 billion for targeted research and development.
A 24-year old Pennsylvania man, Andrew James Miller, pleaded guilty to charges of hacking into Department of Energy supercomputers and attempting to sell stolen access credentials. Miller offered to sell an undercover FBI agent root access to NERSC systems for the sum of $50,000.
The amount of money received by the Department of Energy to spend on supercomputers and HPC programs will decrease by nearly 2 percent if the fiscal 2014 spending bill approved by a House subcommittee last week becomes law. Spending on other supercomputing programs, such as those used to maintain nuclear weapons, will be flat year over year.
Supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have worked on important computational problems such as collapse of the atomic state, the optimization of chemical catalysts, and now modeling popping bubbles.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Steven_Chu_official_DOE_portrait_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”92″ />US Energy Secretary Steven Chu steps down after a controversial term in which he championed high performance computing, launched dozens of energy research centers, and led the government’s attempts to help industry transform the country’s energy landscape. But his most famous decision was the most politically divisive: backing a company called Solyndra.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/atipa_cloud_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”88″ />Atipa Technologies, a small privately-held division of PC and server maker Microtech Computers, has just sold a $17 million, 3.4 petaflops supercomputer to the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a DOE government research lab. It’s a coup – for Atipa, CPU accelerators and Xeon Phi.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Compete_logo_2012.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”92″ />The Council on Competitiveness has been awarded a $914,000 grant from the Department of Energy to explore the implications of the emerging post-petaflop era and the challenges associated with extreme computing. HPCwire talks to Council on Competitiveness Senior Vice President Cynthia R. McIntyre to learn more about the project.
The current generation of petascale supercomputers are generating enormous quantities of data, and creating unprecedented challenges in managing it. The next generation of multi-petaflop, and eventually exaflop supercomputers, will take these challenges to the next level. Galen Shipman, who heads the Technology Integration group at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) talks about the data management technologies being employed at OLCF today and what will be needed to support their future exascale machines.
First machines expected to appear in 2018.