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DOE Launches Research Program on Supercomputer-Based Materials Design

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The Energy Department is planning to allocate $24M for a four-year research project on the use of supercomputing technology and computer-based design to help accelerate scientific efforts, the DOE said Tuesday.

The DOE Office of Science will provide funding for the program which aims to utilize pre-exascale and emerging exascale systems to design and discover new materials for applications such as energy and electronics.

The department will select large teams to develop software applications and small teams to conduct research work on software functionality.

The project will focus on open-source software that will work on wide-bandgap semiconductors; transition metal oxides; topological elements; and magnetic, superconducting, photovoltaic, optoelectronic, and thermoelectric materials.

The DOE noted that software must be compatible with the department’s future exascale systems as well as its Leadership Computing Facilities supercomputers located at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Ill., and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Universities, nonprofit organizations and national laboratories may submit pre-applications through Dec. 21 and final applications through Feb.28, 2019.