Exascale Computing Project Announces ECP Industry Council

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J. Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President, Science and Technology at United Technologies and Chairman of the ECP Industry Council

Today the Exascale Computing Project announced the formation of the ECP Industry Council, an external advisory group of executives from some of the nation’s most prominent companies with a collaborative interest in bringing the potential of exascale computing to a wide range of industry segments.

I’m pleased to have the opportunity to lead this important Council,” said Dr. J. Michael McQuade of United Technologies Corporation, who will serve as the first Chair of the ECP Industry Council. “Exascale level computing will help industry address ever more complex, competitively important problems, ones which are beyond the reach of today’s leading edge computing systems. We compete globally for scientific, technological and engineering innovations. Maintaining our lead at the highest level of computational capability is essential for our continued success.”

The newly formed ECP Industry Council is chartered with providing advice and guidance to the ECP director and leadership team, driving essential two-way communication and information exchange between the ECP and the high performance computing (HPC) industrial user community as well as the commercial HPC software community. The Industry Council was established by the ECP project office at ORNL in close coordination with the six contractor-managed DOE national laboratories leading the ECP.

The Industry Council will provide guidance and feedback on ECP’s strategic direction, project scope, technical requirements and progress, providing the perspective of private industry as it relates to the emerging need for exascale-level computation and the formation of a holistic exascale ecosystem.

The council members are executives from various segments of private industry. The companies participating in the ECP Industry Council include:

  • Altair Engineering, Incorporated
  • ANSYS, Incorporated
  • Cascade Technologies, Incorporated
  • Chevron Energy Technology Company
  • Cummins Inc.
  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • FedEx Corporation
  • General Electric
  • General Motors Company
  • Mars, Incorporated
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Tri Alpha Energy, Incorporated
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Westinghouse Electric Company
  • Whirlpool Corporation

The external Industry Council is vitally important to keeping the project in sync with the real world needs of the HPC industrial user community,” said ECP Director Paul Messina. “These experienced executives will bring deep insight to the requirements of the U.S. industrial sector and help us ensure future exascale capabilities are designed to address a wide range of industrial applications. The executives on this Council will play a key role in guiding the computational foundation for U.S. competitiveness.”

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  1. Godfree Roberts says

    ” Maintaining our lead at the highest level of computational capability is essential for our continued success.”
    Seriously, dude, we lost our lead long ago and there’s little chance that we’ll regain it. Get real.