Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has long pioneered the use of supercomputers in science and technology. It has also worked to transfer government-developed technologies to industry. The Laboratory’s experience in both these areas is recognized in its leadership of a national program called High Performance Computing for Manufacturing.
HPC4Mfg, as the program is known, is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Since it was established in 2015, it has now financed 60 government-industry projects. These have ranged from improving wind turbine reliability to reducing defects in 3D printing of metal products to protecting the ozone layer from semiconductor processing emissions.
The latest round of HPC4Mfg awards was announced last month: $3.8 million for 13 projects involving Sandia as well as LLNL locally, and other national laboratories across the U.S.. The projects are aimed at improving manufacturing in such diverse fields as solid-state lithium-ion batteries, polyurethane foam insulation, internal combustion engines and fiber-spun filters and fabrics.
HPC4Mfg is a fine and practical example of government-industry partnering in technology areas that are important to the nation’s economy. LLNL is to be congratulated for its leadership of this program.