By Tanya A. RauhkampThe U.S. government has set aside $100 million to help companies develop and market the next generation of supercomputers that can tackle the massive task of storing, processing and analyzing huge amounts of data.
The Department of Energy is also looking at whether it could use $500 million to fund the development of commercial supercomputing chips that could compete with the likes of Intel Corp. or Tesla Inc. That would be about the same amount the federal government has spent to date on a variety of supercomputer projects.
The department has also set aside about $25 million to cover the cost of a pilot project that could eventually lead to a commercial supercomputer that could perform data processing at twice the speed of current systems.
In other words, the department is seeking to use the money to help a company like Intel or Tesla find a way to use supercomputed information to solve problems at scale, and to accelerate development of those systems.
“If you look at what we’re doing with the DOE supercomputer, it’s all about accelerating and simplifying the way that we solve problems,” said John Zegna, the head of the agency’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which is leading the development.
Zegna said the program would also be focused on improving the efficiency of systems like the ones in use today, and on building systems that could take advantage of the latest technologies.
In order to help accelerate the development and commercialization of super computers, the U.N. wants to get involved.
Climate Action and Energy (UNCASE) program aims to use existing research to accelerate the adoption of technologies that can solve problems that are beyond the capabilities of current technologies, Zegana said.
The program is being run by the U!UNCAS project, which includes several countries in the Middle East and Africa.
The UNCASE program has already received $40 million from the U!.UNCases Global Infrastructure Fund and $50 million from another fund, the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Uncs Climate Action, Energy and Development Fund has also given $100,000.
The UNCASE program is also working on other projects to help develop systems that can help people make sense of the massive amount of data that’s being generated by supercomputation, including developing systems to use it to identify health problems in people.
The project has received a $2.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation and is looking to have a prototype up and running by 2020.
U!UNCS has been involved in a number of efforts in the field, such as the National Research Council, which was created to create a “new generation of computing” to tackle problems in computing and data science, and the International Center for Supercomputing Research (ICSSR), a nonprofit organization with offices in the U., France, India, Japan and South Korea.
The ICSSR, a joint venture of IBM and the University of Illinois, has been working on a new supercomputer called the Super-O-Matic.
It was announced in November that IBM had awarded the project a $1.5 billion grant from U.A.E. to build and test the machine.