Yesterday, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a $1.8 billion initiative to develop new supercomputer technologies at several of the national laboratories.
You probably don’t think of energy when you think of supercomputers, but the truth is, the energy sector is driven by technology as much as any other. Last summer, I had the opportunity to tour BP’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), located at its U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas. The CHPC is the world’s largest supercomputer for commercial use, and it powers a great deal of BP’s core oil and gas activities. In fact, the oil and gas industry, which relies on complex imaging, mapping, simulation and monitoring, is one of the major commercial users of supercomputing.
Supercomputing is not only used in the oil and gas industry, however. The High Performance Computing Data Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory supports research that is lowering the costs for renewable energy, energy efficiency and these technologies’ integration into the grid. And Oak Ridge National Laboratory is using supercomputers to help develop next-generation nuclear energy technologies.
Manufacturers appreciate federal leadership in STEM research and taking a global leadership role in next-generation technologies that hold promise to change lives and make us more productive and competitive.
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