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Applying HPC to Improve Business ROI

Scientific Computing (12/09/14) Suzanne Tracy

One of the goals of the recent SC14 conference on high-performance computing (HPC) was to assess the economic and scientific value of HPC systems. In particular, the event intended to help small and medium-size businesses and other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC and to justify HPC investments. IDC’s Innovation Excellence Award Program recognized the achievements of several HPC users, such as researchers from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who helped develop simulations for designing next-generation nuclear reactors based on computational fluid dynamics code Nek5000. Meanwhile, the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospitals Kansas City was recognized for developing the first genome center inside a children’s hospital and one of the first to focus on genome sequencing and analysis for inherited childhood diseases. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Aeronautics Mission Research Directorate was honored for working to reduce aircraft noise, fuel consumption, and engine emissions though the use of simulations to render accurate representations of the aerodynamic mechanisms that generate airframe noise and to evaluate novel noise-reduction concepts for an aircraft’s flaps and landing gear.

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