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Department of Energy Awards Grant to Council on Competitiveness to Study the Effects of Extreme Computing on U.S. Competitiveness

November 12, 2012

NOVEMBER 12, 2012

Lisa Hanna
Vice President, Communications
Council on Competitiveness
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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a three–year, $914,000 grant to the Council on Competitiveness for a much needed impact study on the projected effects of Extreme Computing on U.S. competitiveness.

Extreme Computing can be defined as pushing the boundaries of what can be currently achieved with High Performance Computing (HPC) and is 500 to 1000 times more capable than current high-end systems. Extreme Computing will help the U.S. sustain its competitive edge in basic sciences, engineering, and research and development - and when applied to industrial and commercial applications will fuel U.S. innovation and economic growth.

The grant will allow the Council to further engage industry leaders made up of high-level expertise across multiple sectors, so as to better understand the drivers and benefits of Extreme Computing – in particular as it relates to our country’s industrial and commercial competitiveness in the global economy.

The project will include the development of findings and recommendations on a broad range of HPC policy implementation issues, in part informed by convening regular meetings of the Council’s HPC Advisory Committee (HPCAC), which is composed of leading domain experts in HPC from across industry, national laboratories, and academia and is co-chaired by Dona Crawford, Associate Director for Computation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr. Michael McQuade, Senior Vice President, Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation, and Dr. Robert Buhrman, Senior Vice Provost for Research, Cornell University.

The purpose of the HPCAC is to broaden the domestic manufacturing user base at the small- and medium-sized enterprise level by driving HPC-based modeling and simulation into the supply chains; communicate and ensure technology transfer and access to high-end HPC capabilities and applications to a wider industrial and commercial community; and increase public awareness of HPC and developments in extreme computer technologies at the cutting edge of science and engineering for continued U.S. leadership in the global marketplace.

“The Council is very pleased to continue and expand its partnership with the Department of Energy in support of the strategic imperative to develop and deploy next-generation supercomputers,” said Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness. “These tools are critical both to scientific discovery and technological innovation, as well as to meeting national and energy security goals, and U.S. competitiveness in the 21st Century.”



The Council on Competitiveness is the only group of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to the future prosperity of all Americans and enhanced U.S. competitiveness in the global economy through the creation of high-value economic activity in the United States. The Council is a non-partisan and non-governmental organization.


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