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PNNL issues request for proposals for new supercomputer

January 19, 2007 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory today issued a Request for Proposals for a new supercomputer, which will replace the existing Hewlett-Packard machine located in the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory.

Proposals are due by March 2, 2007 and PNNL expects to award a contract this summer.

The supercomputer in EMSL is used for a broad range of research, including studying chemical processes in bacteria behavior to address bioremediation and energy production issues; discovering safe and effective materials in which to store hydrogen; and developing computer simulation tools to aid environmental cleanup.

Current and future science problems will reap the benefits of the new machine, which is expected to perform five to ten times faster than the current model and 10,000 – 20,000 times faster than a typical home computer.

DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research is providing funding for the new supercomputer. The current machine was built in 2003 for about $22 million. Cost estimates for the new supercomputer will vary based on individual proposals.

Click here to view the RFP.

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PNNL is a DOE Office of Science laboratory that solves complex problems in energy, national security, the environment and life sciences by advancing the understanding of physics, chemistry, biology and computation. PNNL employs 4,300 staff, has an annual budget of more than $750 million, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab’s inception in 1965.

A national scientific user facility, the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory is located on the PNNL campus. EMSL is in its tenth year of operation and has played host to more than 7,500 visiting scientists, professors, and other individuals who requested use of the facility's resources through a peer-review proposal process. These individuals -- commonly referred to as "users" -- come to EMSL from academia, other research and development laboratories, and industry.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Computational Science, National Security, EMSL, Energy Production, Chemistry, Biology, Supercomputer

Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of about $950 million. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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