Convergent Science Works with DOE, ORNL, GE, Ford and GM to Design Cleaner, More Efficient IC Engines with HPC
As part of its 2014 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) awards of processor time (totaling more than 3 billion processor hours), the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science has awarded 15 million hours on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Titan supercomputer to a project led by General Motors, and 17.5 million hours on Titan to a project led by ORNL with Ford and Convergent Science as co-investigators. Titan is current Nº2 on the Top 500 Supercomputer list, and offers 27.1 petaflop (PF) peak processing capacity, with about 300,000 compute cores.
The two projects are part of a larger multi-year DOE-funded project to develop and to apply innovative simulation strategies and tools to maximize benefits of predictive information from high performance computing (HPC) for internal combustion engines. The Principal Investigator on that DOE project is Dean Edwards of ORNL.
The umbrella projects addresses specific technology barriers identified by DOE and industry stakeholders; Ford and GM had expressed interest in working with Oak Ridge in these areas, and GE came later and was worked in under the same project, notes Edwards. CFD software developer Convergent Science (“Never make a mesh again”) is a partner on all three of these efforts. The projects include both open and proprietary aspects under the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) User Facility Agreement.