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ORAU and ORNL announce winners of High-Performance Computing Grant competition

University of Delaware and NC State teams win grants to access computing facility

Dec. 19, 2014

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Grant Program (HPC) provides the opportunity for university faculty at ORAU member schools to create or expand collaborative research with ORNL in scientific areas of discovery requiring HPC capabilities. One such opportunity produced a greater understanding of how the unique structure of a woody plant polymer known as lignin could be used as a battery anode, potentially improving upon graphitic materials found in most lithium-ion batteries. David Keffer, recipient of a 2012 HPC grant and head of the University of Tennessee’s Computational Materials Group, partnered with UT graduate student Nick McNutt and ORNL materials scientist Orlando Rios to build computational models and test how the material’s structure affects its overall performance.

ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have partnered to award two new grants in the ORAU/ORNL HPC Grant Program for FY 2015. To date, 14 grants have been awarded totaling $950,000. The 2015 recipients and their ORNL principal investigators are:

  • Dr. Edward Lyman, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delaware

    ORNL Principal Investigator: Dr. Xiaolin Cheng, Computer Science and Mathematics Division
  • Dr. Jerry Bernholc, Department of Physics, North Carolina State University

    ORNL Principal Investigator: Dr. An-Ping Li, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences

ORAU provides up to $50,000 over two years to researchers and their teams. In addition to the monetary award, ORNL provides faculty and student teams with valuable access to the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.

The HPC Grant Program was established in 2009 to encourage new and expand existing research initiatives among ORAU member institutions using ORNL’s high performance computing systems. The program is a competitive grant program managed and funded by ORAU and open only to ORAU’s member institutions.

The grant award is $25,000 for the first year, with potential funding of an additional $25,000 for the second year. Successful proposals were evaluated on the scientific and strategic value to an ORNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development funded project.

“The HPC grant program gives ORAU the unique opportunity to pair top university researchers with the most powerful high performance computers in the world,” said Andy Page, ORAU president and CEO. “Through this partnership with ORNL, we invest in our nation’s researchers and continue to advance tomorrow’s science and technology leaders.”

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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