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NREL to Lead for Wind Power Research for Exascale Computing Project

“This project will make a substantial contribution to advancing wind energy,” said Steve Hammond, NREL’s Director of Computational Science and the principal investigator on the project. “It will advance our fundamental understanding of the complex flow physics of whole wind plants, which will help further reduce the cost of electricity derived from wind energy.”

Supercomputing Alternative Energy in the Eastern Power Grid

“By modeling the power system in depth and detail, NREL has helped reset the conversation about how far we can go operationally with wind and solar in one of the largest power systems in the world,” said the Energy Department’s Charlton Clark, a DOE program manager for the study. “Releasing the production cost model, underlying data, and visualization tools alongside the final report reflects our commitment to giving power system planners, operators, regulators, and others the tools to anticipate and plan for operational and other important changes that may be needed in some cleaner energy futures.”

NREL Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computing

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that could propel the development of quantum computing. “Considerable research at NREL and elsewhere has been conducted into the use of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites as a solar cell. Perovskite systems have been shown to be highly efficient at converting sunlight to electricity. Experimenting on a lead-halide perovskite, NREL researchers found evidence the material could have great potential for optoelectronic applications beyond photovoltaics, including in the field of quantum computers.”

Supercomputers Joining the Fight Against Cancer

“Supercomputers are key to the Cancer Moonshot. These exceptionally high-powered machines have the potential to greatly accelerate the development of cancer therapies by finding patterns in massive datasets too large for human analysis. Supercomputers can help us better understand the complexity of cancer development, identify novel and effective treatments, and help elucidate patterns in vast and complex data sets that advance our understanding of cancer.”

Video: The Vital Importance of HPC to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security

In this video, ITIF hosts a hearing on the The Vital Importance of High-Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness and National Security. Their recently published report urges U.S. policymakers to take decisive steps to ensure the United States continues to be a world leader in high-performance computing.

Slimming Down Supercomputer Power Bills

Any performance improvements that could be wrung out of supercomputers by adding more power have long been exhausted. New supercomputers demand new options that will give scientists a sleek, efficient partner in making new discoveries such as the new supercomputer called Summit that’s being developed and is to arrive at Oak Ridge National Lab in the next couple of years. “If necessity is the mother of invention, we’ll have some inventions happening soon,” says deputy division director of Argonne Leadership Computing Facility Susan Coghlan.

Video: Asetek Showcases Growing Adoption of OEM Solutions at SC15

Asetek showcased its full range of RackCDU hot water liquid cooling systems for HPC data centers at SC15 in Austin. On display were early adopting OEMs such as CIARA, Cray, Fujitsu, Format and Penguin. HPC installations from around the world incorporating Asetek RackCDU D2C (Direct-to-Chip) technology were also be featured. In addition, liquid cooling solutions for both current and future high wattage CPUs and GPUs from Intel, Nvidia and OpenPower were on display.

HPC People on the Move: October Edition

I’ve been commissioned by insideHPC to get the scoop on who’s jumping ship and moving on up in high performance computing. Familiar names this week include Mary Bass, Wilf Pinfold, and Mike Vildibill.

Video: Asetek Showcases Liquid Cooling at ISC 2015

In this video from ISC 2015, Steve Branton from Asetek describes a series of high profile supercomputing upgrades that show the growing momentum of Asetek liquid cooling in the HPC market. “Asetek customers are using the company’s RackCDU Liquid Cooling for increased datacenter efficiency. See for yourself how Asetek successfully addresses datacenter demands at the University of Tromso, Mississippi State University, NREL, and elsewhere, while working with Cray, Fujitsu and other OEMs.”

NREL Named 2014 Laboratory of the Year with Liquid-Cooled Supercomputer

This week R&D Magazine honored the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their Peregrine supercomputer as one of the top technological innovations of the year.