Intel Corp. has won two subcontracts worth a combined $19 million to provide supercomputing research and development for the U.S. Energy Department, the company announced Friday.
The company will apply new extreme-scale computing R&D to build new high-performance computing technologies such as memory research and processor technology.
David Patterson, president of subsidiary Intel Federal, said the contracts are an example of how public-private partnerships will help move high-performance computing forward and push the boundaries of innovation.
The subsidiary will participate in the “FastForward” program, an extreme-scale computing research and development program that aims to drive advancements in exascale computing, which denotes computer performance 1,000 times more powerful than current supercomputers, the company said.
Dr. William J. Harrod, director of DOE’s advanced scientific computing research division within the science office, said exascale level of performance will help develop predictive scientific simulation opportunities such as developing new drugs and long-term weather forecasting.
Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC manages the FastForward program, employing researchers and scientists from national laboratories, academia and the U.S. industry to develop new high-performance computing technologies.
Intel Federal will employ a combination of new and traditional methods to address flexibility of processor technology.
DOE will apply Intel’s memory research toward applications and other high-performance computing workloads, according to the company.