Troy, N.Y. — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will combine decades of expertise to help American industry and businesses expand use of high performance computing (HPC) under a recently signed memorandum of understanding.
“It’s well recognized that HPC is key to accelerating technological innovation and to fueling a nation’s economic vitality,” says Fred Streitz, director of LLNL’s High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC), which facilitates computational engagements with industry. “Our long, fruitful history of collaboration and joint scientific and technological discovery with RPI is a natural platform on which to build opportunities for companies to advance through the use of HPC.”
Livermore and Rensselaer will look to bridge the gap between the levels of computing conducted at their institutions and the typical levels found in industry. Scientific and engineering software applications capable of running on HPC platforms are a prime area of interest.
“The lack of highly scalable codes, especially commercial ones, presents a real barrier for companies, as does the integration of such codes into existing business workflows,” says Chris Carothers, director of the Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), which is based on the Rensselaer campus and at the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush, N.Y. “Companies have built whole workflows around these applications, but they don’t scale to the platforms available now and they won’t scale to the newer generations of upcoming platforms. This leaves them locked in a position unable to capitalize on advanced R&D solutions that are there for the taking.”