National Renewable Energy Laboratory acquires new high-performance computing system

Published on August 16, 2018 by Kevin Randolph

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced Tuesday that it selected its next high-performance computing (HPC) system, which it will use to advance early-stage research and development (R&D) on energy technologies.

The Eagle system, which is 3.5 times more powerful than the current research system, will be installed this summer in NREL’s Energy System Integration Facility (ESIF) data center. It will be put into production use in January 2019.

“NREL’s new high-performance computing system pushes the frontiers of science and innovation,” Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said. “Eagle’s advanced capabilities will enable researchers and industry to solve our nation’s most pressing energy challenges and help ensure our global leadership in supercomputing for years to come.”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will build Eagle, which will include the latest Intel Xeon processors. It will have a peak performance of 8.0 petaflops, which means it can carry out 8 million-billion calculations per second.

“High-performance computing plays a vital role in nearly every R&D area at NREL,” NREL Director Martin Keller said. “It is essential to advancing the leading edge of energy analysis and research in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.”