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Four Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) partners have been named winners of International Data Corporation’s (IDC) HPC Innovation Excellence Award for research done on the OLCF’s supercomputing systems.

Five OLCF partners were named winners of IDC's HPC Innovation Excellence Award for research done on the center's supercomputing systems.

Four OLCF partners were named winners of IDC’s HPC Innovation Excellence Award for research done on the center’s supercomputing systems.

Announced in Denver, Colorado, at the SC13 supercomputing conference, the awards recognize noteworthy achievements using high-performance computing (HPC) technologies. OLCF partners taking home the award this year include GE Global Research, Ford Werke GmbH, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team, and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

GE brought home the award for simulating hundreds of millions of water molecules freezing in slow motion.  By looking at the freezing behavior of water molecules, GE can better design an array of products such as wind turbines to operate more efficiently in cold conditions.  This year’s award marks the second win for GE Global Research, which took the award last year for modeling on the OLCF’s Jaguar system of unsteady air flows in the blade rows of turbomachines.

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Researchers at Ford won for simulating for the first time the complete under hood air flow and optimizing the under hood cooling package in order to reduce so-called cooling drag and increase fuel efficiency for Ford automobiles.

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the OLCF’s Titan system to perform the first simulations of organic solar cell active layers at the scale of working devices.  The new understanding gained from Titan will aid in the rational design of cheap solar cells with higher efficiency.

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The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) received an IDC award for a simulation platform called CyberShake.  With the help of code running on Titan, SCEC aims to overcome some of the computational barriers that prevent simulation of an earthquake’s higher frequencies. This platform allows for the center to better assess a potential earthquake’s impact on a region. —by Austin Koenig

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