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NERSC Seeks Industry Partners for Collaborative Research

January 30, 2015

Contact: David Skinner, NERSC Strategic Partnerships Lead, deskinner@lbl.gov, 510-486-4748

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David Skinner, NERSC Strategic Partnerships Lead

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has launched a private sector partnership program (PSP) to make its computing capabilities available to industry partners working in key technology areas.

Led by David Skinner, NERSC's Strategic Partnerships Lead, the PSP is intended to give commercial technology developers working in energy, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy sources and transportation access to NERSC’s supercomputers, customer support and data management expertise. Participating companies will be able to use these resources for modeling, simulation and data analysis to aid in product design, development, quality control and data analytics.

"NERSC is interested in working with companies developing technologies that support DOE missions,” Skinner said.

Partners will also be able to work directly with NERSC’s computing experts—“a very sought after NERSC resource,” he added.

Being located in the San Francisco Bay Area gives NERSC easy access to one of the most prolific technology development areas in the country: Silicon Valley.

“We would like to leverage local opportunities and engage significantly with Silicon Valley industries,” Skinner said.

One Bay Area company already taking advantage of the new program is QuantumScape, a San Jose-based startup that is commercializing technology licensed from Stanford to create batteries that are energy dense and safer than standard lithium ion batteries. Volkswagen recently took a 5% stake in QuantumScape and plans to invest in battery technology as a way to boost the range of electric cars and compete with companies like Tesla Motors, according to news reports. QuantumScape has an initial allocation of 600,000 supercomputing hours at NERSC.

“We have had industry users at NERSC for many years, but most of the principal investigators (PIs) are lab or academia based,” Skinner said. “We are now encouraging PIs who are industry-based to come work with NERSC. This will allow deeper participation by industry and give NERSC deeper participation in the technology transfer process.”

NERSC has been serving scientific teams with scientific computing and data services for 40 years. The center leads the field in reliable and advanced computing, serving over 5,000 scientists across the U.S. Read more about who uses NERSC here.

NERSC resources are open and accessible through DOE allocations for small businesses, energy-related research and co-design technology partnerships. If your research could benefit from HPC or you have questions about the PSP program, contact David Skinner, NERSC Strategic Partnerships Lead, deskinner@lbl.gov, 510-486-4748 or go to the web page.


About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

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