DOE Awards $3.9M to Ford, GE, Others, to Research Energy Efficiency in Supercomputing

The US Department of Energy has announced nearly $3.9 million for 13 projects designed to stimulate the use of high performance supercomputing in US manufacturing. The program (confusingly acronymed HPC4Mfg) hopes to spur innovation in US manufacturing through the adoption of high performance computing to advance applied science and technology in order to increase the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes, as well as to “advance energy technology and reduce energy’s impact on the environment through innovation.”

The 13 new project partnerships with national laboratories including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory.

Each of the 13 newly selected projects will receive up to $300,000 to support work performed by the national lab partners and allow the partners to use high performance compute cycles.

The 13 projects selected for awards are led by:

  • 7AC Technologies
  • 8 Rivers Capital
  • Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Arconic Inc.
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Electric Global Research Center*
  • LanzaTech
  • Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Sierra Energy
  • The Timken Company
  • United Technologies Research Corporation

The project from Ford will focus on how manufacturing tolerances can impact the fuel efficiency and performance of spark ignition engines, according to Energy Live News. The project from 7AC Technologies will look at how to improve the efficiencies of air conditioning systems.

High performance computing is the practice of combining the computing power of the most powerful, efficient machines in order to solve large and complex problems in science, engineering or business, according to Inside HPC.


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