The Energy Department shells out $3 million for ten new projects that will enable private-sector companies to use high performance computing resources at the Department’s national laboratories to tackle major manufacturing challenges. The projects range from improving turbine blades in aircraft engines and cutting heat loss in electronics to reducing waste in paper manufacturing and improving fiberglass production. Led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as strong partners, the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program is forging these new partnerships to increase the efficiency of manufacturing processes, accelerate innovation and improve the quality of clean energy products.
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson and other DOE and industry experts will discuss the projects today at 11:30 a.m. Eastern (8:30 a.m. Pacific) during an online media presentation highlighting the HPC4Mfg Program and projects. Register for this media webinar.
This effort will also advance President Obama's National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI). The NSCI, which President Obama unveiled in July 2015, calls for public-private partnerships to increase industrial adoption of high-performance computing.
Each of the ten new Phase I projects have been selected for approximately $300,000 to fund the national labs to partner closely with each selected company to provide expertise and access to high performance computing systems aimed at high-impact challenges.
Under the HPC4Mfg program, the ten selected projects will leverage the national labs’ high performance computing capabilities to apply modeling, simulation and data analysis to industrial products and processes to lower production costs and shorten the time it takes to bring new clean energy technologies to market. Another overarching objective is to keep the United States at the forefront of innovation by accelerating advanced clean energy technologies and energy-efficient solutions that improve our nation’s economic competiveness in manufacturing. These ten Phase I projects are aimed at lowering the barrier of entry for industry to use high performance computing and validate its use in improving manufacturing.