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March 23, 2016

Energy Department Announces $3 Million for Industry HPC Access

To tackle major manufacturing challenges, the Energy Department on March 17 announced up to $3 million in available funding for manufacturers to use high-performance computing (HPC) resources at the Energy Department's national laboratories. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program leverages supercomputers at national labs to develop advanced clean energy technologies and energy-efficient solutions to improve our nation’s economic competitiveness in manufacturing.

The HPC4Mfg program provides HPC expertise and resources to the manufacturing sector to lower the risk of HPC adoption and broaden its use to support advanced clean energy manufacturing. The Department plans to select 8 to 10 projects for this second round of funding and seeks qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects. Selected projects will receive up to $300,000 to support access to supercomputers and experts at the partnering national labs, which include Lawrence Livermore, Lawrence Berkeley, and Oak Ridge national laboratories. Applications are due by April 21.

The HPC4Mfg program currently supports 15 projects that range from improved turbine blades for aircraft engines and reduced heat loss in electronics to improved fiberglass production. Each has each been awarded up to $300,000 for a total of nearly $4.5 million. This effort advances President Obama's National Strategic Computing Initiative, unveiled in July 2015, which calls for public-private partnerships to increase industrial adoption of HPC. See the Energy Department news release and the HPC4Mfg application website.