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    • 2018-01-31 17:05:22
    • Article ID: 688784

    DOE's HPC4Manufacturing Program Seeks Industry Proposals

    • An HPC4Manufacturing collaboration between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and powder flavor company ZoomEssence seeks to employ HPC modeling and simulation to improve the flow of air in industrial scale driers and optimize the drying process. In the image, the flow stream lines are colored by the turbulent kinetic energy in the flow.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) on Feb. 1 announced up to $3 million will be made available to U.S. manufacturers for public/private projects aimed at applying high performance computing to industry challenges for the advancement of energy innovation.

    The funding represents the latest round of solicitations for the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program, led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in partnership with the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories. The program provides manufacturers access to the DOE national laboratories’ supercomputing systems as well as the expertise of lab computing experts. This solicitation marks the fifth round of funding since the program began in 2015. 

    “Since the inception of the program we have worked with both large and small companies in a variety of industrial sectors to advance the use of high performance computing in US manufacturing,” said HPC4Mfg’s Director Lori Diachin of LLNL. “We are seeing some significant successes with orders of magnitude reduction in simulation times and higher fidelity simulations that more closely match the reality of the manufacturing process. With this solicitation we plan to continue to expand the reach of our program to new companies to help solve new and different problems.”

    The HPC4Mfg program, funded out of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is seeking proposals requiring intensive modeling and simulation to overcome manufacturing process challenges that could result in reduced energy consumption, increased productivity, improved clean energy technology design and clean energy manufacturing, with a potential for broad national impact.

    DOE will award selected projects up to $300,000 to support compute cycles and work performed by the national lab partners. Selected industry partners will provide at least 20 percent of in-kind funding for the projects. Follow-on funding for previously-awarded projects that have already been successfully demonstrated also will be considered. Selected follow-on projects will be awarded up to $300,000 with industry providing a 50 percent cost share, at least half of which must be cash.

    The deadline for concept paper submissions for both types of projects are due by March 15. Final selections will be announced in July 2018. 

    To date, through the HPC4Manufacturing program, DOE has awarded approximately $15 million for 47 projects, ranging from improving energy efficiency in paper making and automobile engines to improving the reliability of wind turbines and reducing defects in 3D-printed parts. The program recently expanded to include projects to develop new or modified materials for extreme conditions under the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) program, which is beginning its first round of solicitations.

    HPC4Mfg’s computing resources are provided through a variety of mechanisms, including the Advanced Scientific Computing Research Program within DOE’s Office of Science Leadership Computing Challenge allocation program, as well as allocations at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory.

    To find details on how to submit a concept paper or to register for an informational webinar, visit https://hpc4mfg.llnl.gov/proposal-call.php. Free webinars are scheduled for Feb. 12 and Feb. 20.

    For more information on the HPC4Manufacturing program, visit https://hpc4mfg.llnl.gov/

    Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (www.llnl.gov) provides solutions to our nation’s most important national security challenges through innovative science, engineering and technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. 

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    What's MER? It's a Way to Measure Quantum Materials, and It's Telling US New and Interesting Things

    What's MER? It's a Way to Measure Quantum Materials, and It's Telling US New and Interesting Things

    Experimental physicists have combined several measurements of quantum materials into one in their ongoing quest to learn more about manipulating and controlling the behavior of them for possible applications. They even coined a term for it-- Magneto-elastoresistance, or MER.

    Scientists pioneer new generation of semiconductor neutron detector

    Scientists pioneer new generation of semiconductor neutron detector

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    Connecting the dots in the sky could shed new light on dark matter

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    Team led by PPPL wins major supercomputer time to help capture on Earth the fusion that powers the sun and stars

    Team led by PPPL wins major supercomputer time to help capture on Earth the fusion that powers the sun and stars

    PPPL will use INCITE-award time on Summit and Theta supercomputers to develop predictions for the performance of ITER, the international experiment under construction to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy.

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    The Department of Energy announced that it has taken the next step toward construction of an Electron Ion Collider (EIC) in the United States. DOE announced on Thursday that the collider will be sited at DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. In addition, DOE's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility will be a major partner in realizing the EIC, providing key support to build this next new collider, which will be the most advanced particle collider of its type ever built.

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    Department of Energy Selects Site for Electron-Ion Collider

    UPTON, NY-- Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) named Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island in New York as the site for building an Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), a one-of-a-kind nuclear physics research facility. This announcement, following DOE's approval of "mission need" (known as Critical Decision 0) on December 19, 2019, enables work to begin on R&D and the conceptual design for this next-generation collider at Brookhaven Lab.

    Department of Energy Announces $32 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award 158 grants totaling $32 million to 118 small businesses in 32 states. Funded through DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, these selections are for Phase I research and development.

    Summit Charts a Course to Uncover the Origins of Genetic Diseases

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    Alex Nagy, a "creative and energetic" engineer, is named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow

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    PPPL honors physicists Igor Kaganovich and Yevgeny Raitses with Kaul Foundation Prize

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    The Quantum Information Edge Launches to Accelerate Quantum Computing R&D for Breakthrough Science

    The Quantum Information Edge Launches to Accelerate Quantum Computing R&D for Breakthrough Science

    A nationwide alliance of national labs, universities, and industry launched today to advance the frontiers of quantum computing systems designed to solve urgent scientific challenges and maintain U.S. leadership in next-generation information technology. The Quantum Information Edge strategic alliance is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories.


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    Harvesting Energy from Light using Bio-inspired Artificial Cells

    Harvesting Energy from Light using Bio-inspired Artificial Cells

    Scientists designed and connected two different artificial cells to each other to produce molecules called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).

    Engineering Living Scaffolds for Building Materials

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    Excavating Quantum Information Buried in Noise

    Excavating Quantum Information Buried in Noise

    Researchers developed two new methods to assess and remove error in how scientists measure quantum systems. By reducing quantum "noise" - uncertainty inherent to quantum processes - these new methods improve accuracy and precision.

    How Electrons Move in a Catastrophe

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    Lanthanum strontium manganite (LSMO) is a widely applicable material, from magnetic tunnel junctions to solid oxide fuel cells. However, when it gets thin, its behavior changes for the worse. The reason why was not known. Now, using two theoretical methods, a team determined what happens.

    When Ions and Molecules Cluster

    When Ions and Molecules Cluster

    How an ion behaves when isolated within an analytical instrument can differ from how it behaves in the environment. Now, Xue-Bin Wang at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory devised a way to bring ions and molecules together in clusters to better discover their properties and predict their behavior.

    Tune in to Tetrahedral Superstructures

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    Tracing Interstellar Dust Back to the Solar System's Formation

    Tracing Interstellar Dust Back to the Solar System's Formation

    This study is the first to confirm dust particles pre-dating the formation of our solar system. Further study of these materials will enable a deeper understanding of the processes that formed and have since altered them.

    Investigating Materials that Can Go the Distance in Fusion Reactors

    Investigating Materials that Can Go the Distance in Fusion Reactors

    Future fusion reactors will require materials that can withstand extreme operating conditions, including being bombarded by high-energy neutrons at high temperatures. Scientists recently irradiated titanium diboride (TiB2) in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to better understand the effects of fusion neutrons on performance.

    Better 3-D Imaging of Tumors in the Breast with Less Radiation

    Better 3-D Imaging of Tumors in the Breast with Less Radiation

    In breast cancer screening, an imaging technique based on nuclear medicine is currently being used as a successful secondary screening tool alongside mammography to improve the accuracy of the diagnosis. Now, a team is hoping to improve this imaging technique.

    Microbes are Metabolic Specialists

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    Scientists can use genetic information to measure if microbes in the environment can perform specific ecological roles. Researchers recently analyzed the genomes of over 6,000 microbial species.


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