SC Conference - Activity Details

High-performance Computing and the Energy Challenge: Issues and Opportunities

Jeffrey Wadsworth  (Battelle Memorial Institue)
Invited Speakers Session
Thursday,  08:30AM - 09:15AM
Room Ballroom D
Energy issues are central to the most important strategic challenges facing the United States and the world. The energy problem can be broadly defined as providing enough energy to support higher standards of living for a growing fraction of the world's increasing population without creating intractable conflict over resources or causing irreparable harm to our environment. It is increasingly clear that even large-scale deployment of the best, currently-available, energy technologies will not be adequate to successfully tackle this problem. Substantial advances in the state of the art in energy generation, distribution, and end use are needed. It is also clear that a significant and sustained effort in basic and applied research and development (R&D) will be required to deliver these advances and ensure a desirable energy future. It is in this context that high-performance computing takes on a significance that is co-equal with theory and experiment. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories have been world leaders in the use of advanced high-performance computing to address critical problems in science and energy. As computing nears the petascale, a capability that until recently was beyond imagination is now poised to address these critical problems. Battelle Memorial Institute manages or co-manages six DOE national laboratories that together house some of the most powerful computers in the world. These capabilities have enabled remarkable scientific progress in the last decade. The world-leading petascale computers that are now being deployed will make it possible to solve R&D problems of importance to a secure energy future and contribute to the long-term interests of the United States.
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