(HPCWire) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that, over the next four years, it will invest $32 million to accelerate the design of new materials through use of high-performance computing. Seven projects separately led by three national laboratories and four universities will be developing open-source software for design of new materials based on DOE’s current leadership class and future exascale computing facilities.
The DOE awarded the Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials (MICCoM) one of the seven funded projects. The funding level is $2.5 million per year for the next four years. Founded in 2015, the center is led by the Materials Science division at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, with co-investigators drawn from the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, and University of California, Davis.
In the next four years, MICCoM plans to develop and apply advanced computational techniques for materials characterization and integrate them with experiments. This powerful combination will allow the scientific community not only to predict but also to design complex functional materials for energy and quantum information science. The latter is an emerging area with tremendous potential impact in designing quantum bits, quantum sensors and materials for quantum communications.

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