Chapter 14
A Livermore Perspective
on the Value of Industrial
Use of High-Performance
Computing Resources
at Lawrence Livermore,
Los Alamos, and Sandia
National Laboratories
Jeffrey P. Wolf and Dona L. Crawford
14.1 Introduction 206
14.2 U.S. Department of Energy and NNSA: Top Investors in
Cutting-Edge High-Performance Computer Capabilities 206
14.3 TriLabs HPC Capabilities Provide Opportunities for Industry 208
14.4 Case Studies of TriLabs HPC Technology Transfer to Industry 211
14.5 TriLabs Initiatives to Expand Industrial HPC Engagements 214
14.6 A Bright Future 217
References 218
206 Industrial Applications of High-Performance Computing
Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laborato-
ries, the scientic laboratories of the U.S. National Nuclear Security
Administrations (NNSA) nuclear security enterprise, are perennially
homes to some of the worlds fastest supercomputers along with the
broad capabilities needed to fully exploit them.*
Over the years, several
companies have entered into partnerships with these three laboratories
(collectively known as TriLabs), whose critical resources support national
security missions. Today, industrial partners are allowed access to
unprecedented large and unclassied computing machines and the scien-
tic expertise needed to help them accelerate research and development,
solve high-impact business problems, and create competitive advantages.
is chapter describes potential industrial engagement opportunities to
help more companies understand how to engage in benecial high-per-
formance computing (HPC) and computational science projects with the
TriLabs. Such engagements return value to the labs in the form of capa-
bility improvements, technology validations, and workforce invigoration
stemming from productive interactions with industrial partners.
For the past two decades, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been the
largest sponsor of high-performance computing centers in the United
States. Since the Top500 List rankings of the worlds largest supercomput-
ers were rst compiled in 1993, high-performance computer systems at the
TriLabs have occupied one or more of the top 10 positions.
Analyses of
system data from the past decade of Top500 Lists indicate that the scale of
is work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.
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