HPC4 Energy Innovation Program

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility is Supporting the HPC4EI Program

Through DOE’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation initiative, Argonne will partner with Ford Motor Company, Capstone Green Energy, Lakril Technologies and Power Manufacturing to help accelerate the development of clean energy technologies. Read more.

Research and development is an expensive undertaking for any company — which is why so many startups begin with a new patent, a brand new idea foundationally tested and ready to be scaled up. For established companies, balancing R&D expenses with profit margins can be a delicate task. Advanced computer modeling is an essential component of product development today, saving companies millions of dollars on repeated fabrication and testing. Such modeling, whether it’s in search of new chemicals or materials, or simulating mechanical engineering challenges, is time consuming and expensive, and new products take years to go from conception to production. And while many of the world’s fastest computers are privately held, building that kind of computing infrastructure is both expensive and risky. This is why public funding for supercomputing is critical to the advancement of U.S. commerce.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced funding for a new round of industry partnerships through its High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) program. These projects are aimed at linking DOE’s high performance computing (HPC) resources with private industry to help them improve manufacturing efficiency and explore new materials for clean energy applications.

DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory is supporting four of the projects, providing expertise and access to its supercomputing resources. This includes the powerful systems at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility, and Argonne’s Laboratory Computing Resource Center.

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