(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will invest $32 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers.
The goal is to provide the software platforms and data for the design of new functional materials with a broad range of applications, including alternative and renewable energy, electronics, data storage and materials for quantum information science.
The new awards are part of DOE’s Computational Materials Sciences (CMS) program, begun in 2015 to reflect the enormous recent growth in computing power and the increasing capability of high-performance computers to model and simulate the behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular scales.
Research will combine theory and software development with experimental validation, drawing on the resources of multiple DOE Office of Science user facilities, including the Advanced Light Source at LBNL, the Advanced Photon Source at ANL, the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Facility and several of the five Nanoscale Science Research Centers across the DOE national laboratory complex.

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