WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced up to $3 million in funding for high-performance computing (HPC) resources that can help manufacturers streamline their processes, increase their productivity, and shrink their carbon footprint. Through this High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program solicitation, selected teams will work with the world's most powerful supercomputers and U.S. National Laboratory experts who operate them to solve complex challenges in manufacturing and increase energy efficiency across the sector.

"DOE's investment in the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program helps manufacturers leverage the raw processing power of supercomputing technology to reduce their emissions and increase their efficiency, while boosting their competitiveness," says Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. "These projects will unlock the information we need to decarbonize industry and move us closer to President Biden's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050."

High-performance computing enables researchers to perform virtual experiments by applying advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis to manufacturing processes. Running these experiments on supercomputers provides more accurate and expansive data to help manufacturers achieve optimal results, test new ideas, and save energy, time, and resources.

Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support computing cycles and work performed by DOE National Laboratories, universities, and non-profit partners. All DOE National Laboratories are eligible to participate. The industry partner must provide a participant contribution of at least 20 percent of the total project funding.

Concept papers will be due on June 8 at 5:00 p.m. PT.