Energy Management

Earth Day 2015: Get in the Spirit of Managing Energy With Supercomputing

Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) - Titan

The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is home to Titan, the world’s most powerful supercomputer for open science with a theoretical peak performance exceeding 20 petaflops (quadrillion calculations per second). That kind of computational capability—almost unimaginable—is on par with each of the world’s 7 billion people being able to carry out 3 million calculations per second. Image courtesy Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

We know Earth Day to be the day each year that many conservation activists call attention to environmental concerns and causes, but there’s a fast-growing focus on energy management and efficiency as well.

Today, in honor of Earth Day 2015, the Department of Energy (DoE) is encouraging consumers to get into the spirit by sharing stories of how they’re saving energy, avoiding its costs, and bringing about a clean energy future by tweeting @Energy using #MySmallAct.

On April 9, the DoE announced a big stride in dedicating technology to the cause with a $200 million investment to deliver a next-generation supercomputer, known as Aurora, to the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). This is the third and final part of the DoE’s facility investment under the joint Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (i.e., the CORAL initiative), which was established in 2014 in hopes of leading to advancements in science, national defense, environmental, and energy research that rely on simulations of complex physical systems and analysis of massive amounts of data. CORAL leverages the IBM Power Architecture, NVIDIA’s Volta GPU, and Mellanox’s Interconnected technologies.

Previously, the DoE invested $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers at the DoE’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories and another $100 million in another program called FastForward 2, which seeks to enable affordable and energy-efficient advanced extreme-scale computing research and development.

Earth Day is an incredible worldwide platform to speak out about the importance of sustaining our world’s resources. It’s also a great opportunity to reflect on the investment and efforts needed to drive meaningful change to improve energy management. The cable industry is banding together and investing in developing energy technology through the Energy 2020 Program, and you can join the effort to develop new energy standards and operational best practices.

What is your organization doing today to stand up and be heard about energy management?

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