High Performance Computing for Manufacturing
By using high performance computing combined with advanced manufacturing and additive manufacturing, researchers can design and build new devices and materials with unique physical and microstructural properties. Shown above is a computer rendering of an octet truss that was produced by microstereo lithography and has high stiffness and low density. The structure was designed from mechanical theory.
By harnessing world-class computing and tapping in to the expertise of scientists at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, high performance computing (HPC) can advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is leading a new program to advance clean energy technologies and increase energy efficiency while reducing risk of HPC adoption for U.S. manufacturers. Lawrence Berkeley and Oakridge National Laboratories are partners in the program. The DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office sponsors this Program.
HPC4Mfg Brings Value to Industry
National laboratory experts in advanced modeling, simulation and data analysis collaborate with industrial partners on project teams to address manufacturing challenges that will aid in decision making, optimize processes and design, improve quality, predict performance and failure, quicken or eliminate testing, and/or shorten the time of adoption of new technologies.
Infusion of advanced computing expertise and technology into the manufacturing industry is aimed at advancing innovative new clean energy technologies and reducing energy and resource consumption to be competitive in the worldwide market. Successful projects will enable significant nation-wide impact to advancing clean energy technology and/or nation-wide energy efficiency.
HPC4Mfg Program Highlights
- Eligible: U.S. Manufacturers. On a limited basis, U.S. universities, institutes, and other non-profit organizations are also eligible to participate, with an explanation of direct potential impact on manufacturing.
- DOE funding up to $300,000 to support national lab scientists and time on the HPC systems to engage with the manufacturing partners.
- Industrial partner provides a minimum of 20% of DOE funding as in-kind support. Industry cash contribution to the lab can be added to increase scope of project.
- Project duration: up to one year.
- Standard DOE Model Short form CRADA used as contracting vehicle.
- Founding lab partners include LLNL, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, other labs to join as the program expands.
- Annual Industry Day to showcase projects.