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Exascale a 'main Priority' For Doe

Exascale computing.

The U.S. Department of Energy is pursuing exascale computing.

Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Exascale computing is a priority for the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), and last year it announced a $258-million allotment to research the hardware, software, and applications necessary to achieve exascale.

DoE's Advanced Scientific Computing Research program has been working with private-sector partners on advancements for the planned Aurora supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory; one such innovation involved combining a boost in computational capability with reduced power consumption.

"In addition, DoE is moving forward on developing applications for exascale systems, including ones for additive manufacturing and small modular reactors led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)," says DoE's Dan Brouillette.

DoE is responding to increased competition from China in supercomputing, which currently has the two most powerful machines in the world. However, University of Tennessee, Knoxville professor Jack Dongarra thinks Summit, a machine that will come online this year at ORNL, will likely reclaim the title as the world's more powerful supercomputer.

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