Wednesday 22 August 2018

US energy tech R&D to soar higher with new Eagle supercomputer

US energy tech R&D to soar higher with new Eagle supercomputer

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected its next high-performance computer that is expected to be 3.5 times more powerful than the current system.

Named Eagle, it will be used to advance early-stage research and development (R&D) on energy technologies at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and put into production use next January.

High-performance computers allow researchers to run increasingly detailed models that stimulate complex processes and systems, enabling them to gain new insights and drive innovations in energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will build the computer, which will be able to carry out eight million-billion calculations per second – an approximately three-fold increase in the amount of scientific computing capability compared to the current NREL supercomputer.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said: “NREL’s new high-performance computing system pushes the frontiers of science and innovation.

“Eagle’s advanced capabilities will enable researchers and industry to solve our nation’s most pressing energy challenges and help ensure our global leadership in supercomputing for years to come.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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