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September 03, 2015 12:13 PM ET

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Company Overview of U.S. Department of Energy

Company Overview

U.S. Department of Energy is a government institution which offers national, economic, and energy services to United States. The department assists in applying scientific and nuclear technology for defense purposes, supplies environment friendly energy, provides scientific knowledge, and assists in disposal of radioactive wastes. It offers services by running programs that include Civilian Radioactive Waste Management; Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Environment, Safety, and Health; Environmental Management; Fossil Energy; Nuclear Energy; Science and Technology Science; and Worker and Community Transition. U.S. Department of Energy was founded in 1977 and is based in Washington, Dist...

1000 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, DC 20585

United States

Founded in 1977





Key Executives for U.S. Department of Energy

Chief of Staff
Executive Director of Loan Guarantee Program
Head of BPA and Administrator
Age: 48
Chief Information Officer
Age: 71
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

U.S. Department of Energy Key Developments

U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Announces $4.5 Million Grant to IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center for Methane Level Monitoring System

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, announced a $4.5 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) grant for the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center to develop a highly sensitive and reliable system for monitoring methane levels in the air. IBM will work closely with Princeton and Harvard universities to develop An Intelligent Multi-modal Methane Measurement System (AIMS), designed to facilitate energy efficient and low-cost methane sensing two crucially important breakthroughs in the field. Today's methane sensors require large amounts of power in order to operate, and standard practices for methane leak detection and repair involve costly yearly, biannual, or quarterly site visits. The AIMS disruptive technology and real-time monitoring solution will have the ability to help prevent significant air pollution and revenue loss. The system will feed data from a network of ground-based sensors into a collection of advanced analytics algorithms, allowing for rapid response to any emissions on the ground. The technology could prevent revenue loss by helping businesses mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, minimize the loss of valuable products due to methane leaks, and better address maintenance and safety situations. Methane is a principal component of natural gas found below ground and under the sea floor. If methane is able to leak into the air often as a result of human activities such as leakage from natural gas and petroleum exploration efforts it absorbs the sun's heat, warming the atmosphere. For this reason, it is considered a greenhouse gas, like carbon dioxide, except that methane is 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short term. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. APRA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy. ARPA-E projects have the potential to radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental wellbeing.

IBM, NVIDIA and US Department of Energy Unveil New Supercomputer

IBM, along with NVIDIA and two US Department of Energy National Laboratories have unveiled a pair of Centers of Excellence for supercomputing - one at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the other at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The collaborations are in support of IBM's supercomputing contract with the US Department of Energy. They will enable advanced, large-scale scientific and engineering applications both for supporting DOE missions, and for the Summit and Sierra supercomputer systems to be delivered respectively to Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore in 2017 and to be operational in 2018. As the new supercomputers are being readied for installation, the Centers of Excellence will prepare the way for their optimum use in scientific research in such critical areas as energy, climate research, cosmology, biophysics, astrophysics and medicine, as well as in national nuclear security and other national security interests. In an era of increasing global competition in high performance computing, the Centers are designed to enable the US Department of Energy's National Laboratories to sustain innovation leadership in science and technology while also driving down energy consumption and costs of computing. At each of the Centers, teams of technologists will gain crucial application perspective that will complement the hardware and software development of Summit and Sierra and will enable application readiness at the time of installation. Early application code innovation, executed in tandem with the system development, allows important two-way feedback between the system developers and the application writers. This will ensure that the ongoing system design will correctly and effectively support necessary user applications. Incorporating IBM's advanced POWER processors with next-generation NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and the NVIDIA NVLink high-speed processor interconnect, Summit and Sierra will use a highly efficient, high-performance data-centric computing approach that minimizes data in motion, thereby helping to optimize problem solving and time to solution while also greatly reducing overall energy consumption. In addition to their data-centric design, the systems follow an OpenPOWER design concept that uses IBM's open POWER architecture, as well as OpenPOWER Foundation member technology, including NVIDIA GPU and NVLink technologies, and Mellanox's EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand system interconnect. Applications developed at the Centers of Excellence will take full advantage of current and future innovations introduced by the growing OpenPOWER community of developers led in part by over 145 OpenPOWER Foundation members worldwide. Code innovations realized at the Centers will also benefit general purpose OpenPOWER-based commercial systems to be introduced by IBM and others. The two Centers of Excellence collaborations are uniquely set up to support each of the Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore labs' specific missions. With each, key computational scientists from IBM and NVIDIA work closely with the applications scientists from the labs to develop tools and technologies that will optimize codes and achieve the best performance on Summit, Sierra and other general use systems that follow the OpenPOWER design concept. Work is already underway to update and develop applications that have the potential to shape scientific discovery for years to come. Center of Excellence scientists will support development of at least 13 applications for Oak Ridge's Summit supercomputer. These applications were recently selected through the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) program. Summit and its applications will support the Office of Science in its science and energy mission, advancing knowledge in critical areas of government, academia and industry. The modeling and simulation applications span the sciences, from cosmology to biophysics to astrophysics. One of Oak Ridge's applications will focus on advancing Earth system models for climate research while another will map the Earth's interior using big data for seismology research. At Lawrence Livermore's Center of Excellence, IBM and NVIDIA experts will provide expert knowledge and understanding of the accelerated architecture to help national security applications evolve rapidly to support the safety, reliability and security of the nuclear stockpile. These experts will also support efforts in a broad range of computational science areas of importance to national security, for instance bio-security, energy security and global warming. The Centers of Excellence are leveraging current IBM Power Systems and OpenPOWER-based technologies for the required programming efforts, with the first prototype of the advanced supercomputers expected to be available to system developers and application writers in late 2015. The Centers of Excellence will continue to deploy updated prototype systems in order to ensure the ongoing system design will correctly and effectively support the optimized applications.

U.S. Department of Energy Presents at World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Jul-22-2015 08:30 AM

U.S. Department of Energy Presents at World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Jul-22-2015 08:30 AM. Venue: Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Speakers: Jonathan Burbaum.

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