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Supercomputer to aid climate and biology research

A supercomputer expected to rank among the world's fastest machines will be ready to run intense climate and biological simulations along with other scientific programs this summer.

This work will aid research in climate and environmental science, chemical processes, biology-based fuels that can replace fossil fuels, new materials for energy applications, and more.

Chosen by a competitive process, Atipa Technologies in Lawrence, Kansas, will provide the machine to EMSL, the US Department of Energy's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory.

EMSL is a national user facility on DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's campus, which provides experimental and high-performance computing capabilities to enable users to address environmental and energy challenges through molecular-level theory and experiment. It is also home to the new supercomputer's predecessor, Chinook.

As a national user facility resource, the new system will be available to scientists everywhere,who will be able to apply on a competitive basis to use it. Currently, roughly 400 scientists use Chinook.

'We're developing a supercomputer that will aid energy, environment and basic science missions important to DOE,' said PNNL computational scientist, Bill Shelton, the associate director at EMSL who manages high-performance computing.

'Enhanced computing power will benefit our users who conduct experiments and want to verify them with modelling. Integrating computational theory with experiment is critical to accelerating scientific discovery.'

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