NREL selects HP and Intel to create one of world's most energy-efficient data centers

By: Steve Thursday September 6, 2012 0 comments Tags: Dan Arvizu, HP, Intel, NREL

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GOLDEN - The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected HP and Intel to provide a new energy-efficient, high-performance computer (HPC) system dedicated to energy systems integration, renewable energy research and energy-efficiency technologies, NREL announced.

The new center will provide additional computing resources to support the breadth of research at NREL, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs for research into clean energy technologies, including solar photovoltaics, wind energy, electric vehicles, building technologies and renewable fuels.

The $10 million HPS system will reside at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) now under construction on the NREL campus in Golden.

The new system will greatly expand NREL's modeling and simulation capabilities, including advancing materials research and developing a deeper understanding of biological and chemical processes, NREL said.

It will also support research into fully-integrated energy systems that would otherwise be too expensive or even impossible to study directly.

The HPC's computing capability (one million billion calculations per second) is the world's largest computing capability dedicated solely to renewable energy and energy-efficiency research.

"This unique partnership sets NREL apart in our ability to continue groundbreaking research and analysis," said Dan Arvizu, NREL director.

"In partnership with HP and Intel, NREL is acquiring one of the most energy-efficient, high-performance computer system in the world for our research."

NREL said it will maximize the reuse of heat generated by the HPC system, recycling it as the primary heat source in the ESIF offices and lab space.

The first phase of the HPC installation will begin in November, reaching petascale capacity by the summer of 2013, NREL said.

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