Workshop on the Grand Challenges of
Advanced Computing for Energy Innovation

July 31–August 2, 2012 — Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA

Agenda

Detailed Agenda

Tuesday, July 31 — Colloquiums

8:30 am Welcome, Introductions, and Colloquiums Overview
9:00 am Colloquiums
  1. Advanced Computing for Energy — Challenges, Successes and Opportunities

    This colloquium features experts in the application of DOE Advanced Computing resources presenting a variety of projects, demonstrating that high performance computing can have significant impact on improving fundamental understanding, advancing technologies, and accelerating new products to market. The intent is to provide examples from a variety of energy topical areas in an effort to demonstrate a broad base of application. Attendees will be able to see a variety of applications and engage in conversation about software packages and computing resources that can be applied to their specific challenges. The overall goal is for attendees to become familiar with computing tools that are available and to stimulate interest in accessing tools and establishing partnerships with the Department.

    Organizers: Steve Hammond (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and Dana Christensen (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

    Speakers: Henry Huang (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Stephan Lany (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Ramanan Sankaran (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Mike Crowley (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Fort Felker (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Doug Kothe (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

  2. DOE Advanced Computing Resources for Energy Applications

    This colloquium reaches out to energy innovators, especially those working in companies and DOE Applied Technology Programs, who are intrigued by the possibility of improving energy technologies through advanced computing (modeling, simulation, and analytics). This colloquium provides information on a wealth of software tools and computing resources that are available at the DOE national laboratories. The presenters will describe these resources, their design and purpose, the target platforms, and future plans.

    Organizers: Steven Lee (Department of Energy) and Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

    Speakers: Lori Diachin (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Arie Shoshani (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Rob Pratt (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Tim Valentine (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Dan Hitchcock (Department of Energy, SC)

  3. Accessing Commercially Available Advanced Computing Resources and Expertise

    The intent of this colloquium is to provide the audience with an overview of software and platforms available in the commercial marketplace. Commercial software provides users with robust, easy to use, well-documented tools, with a range of options for consulting support to help end users get started quickly with design. The advent of cloud computing is meanwhile making access to computing power as easy as having internet access and a credit card. In this colloquium, providers of commercial tools will give a survey of their capabilities as they apply to energy innovation through modeling and simulation.

    Organizers: Benjamin Grover (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Rob Neely (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), and Dona Crawford (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

    Speakers: Barbara Hutchings (ANSYS, Inc.), Mahesh Kailasam (Dassault Systèmes), Nick Reynolds (Accelrys), Robert Graybill (Nimbis Services, Inc.), Dave Corson and Shing Pan (Altair)

Noon Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Colloquiums Repeat
  1. Advanced Computing for Energy — Challenges, Successes and Opportunities
  2. DOE Advanced Computing Resources for Energy Applications
  3. Accessing Commercially Available Advanced Computing Resources and Expertise
4:30 pm Wrap Up Discussion, General Questions, and Actions

Wednesday, August 1 — Workshop (Day 1)

8:00 am Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am DOE Assistant Secretaries Panel on DOE Applied Technology Programs – Advanced Computing for Energy – Promises and Challenges

This panel and the corresponding breakout session will focus on the core investments that the Department of Energy is making in high performance computing and how those investments could be applied to address key challenges in the Energy Industry. The Panelists, the DOE Assistant Secretaries for Energy, will discuss how they are investing in advanced computing and its role in accelerating the development of technology, thereby addressing investment risks facing industry. They will discuss their approaches to modeling, simulation, and analytics and how they view the application of computing resources in supporting industry. The Panel and Q&A session will set the stage for the more in-depth discussion in the breakout session which should result in a set of recommendations about how DOE computing resources could more effectively be applied to industry challenges.

Moderator: Dana Christensen (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Speakers: David Danielson (Department of Energy, EERE), Peter Lyons (Department of Energy, NE), Charles McConnell (Department of Energy, FE), Patricia Hoffman (Department of Energy, OE)

10:00 am Collaborative Discussions
10:30 am Panel on Energy Innovation through Advanced Computing: Success Stories

This panel and the corresponding breakout session will focus on how advanced computing is enabling energy innovation. The panelists, all drawn from industry, will describe how they are using advanced computing (modeling, simulation, and analytics), its role in advanced manufacturing, and how it is contributing to the company’s bottom line. They will discuss the challenges they faced and how they overcame them—and discuss the challenges ahead for even greater use of advanced computing within their companies and industry. This panel and the ensuing Q&A will set the stage for more in-depth discussion in the afternoon breakout session, which will develop a list of recommendations that could be taken by the DOE to further improve the impact of advanced computing for energy innovation.

Moderator: Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Speakers: Dave Turek (IBM), Gary Leonard (GE Research), Wayne Eckerle (Cummins), and Steve Gravante (Navistar)

11:30 am Panel on Energy Innovation through Advanced Computing: Potential and Challenges

This panel and the corresponding breakout session will focus on the potential and challenges for advanced computing to enable energy innovation. The panelists, all drawn from industry, will describe how they are using or considering using advanced computing (modeling, simulation, and analytics), and the potential it has to improve the company's bottom line. They will discuss what challenges they face in justifying, accessing, and utilizing advanced computing within their companies and industry. This panel and the ensuing Q&A will set the stage for more in-depth discussion in the corresponding workshop breakout session, which will develop a list of recommendations that could be taken by the DOE to further improve the impact of advanced computing for energy innovation.

Moderator: Dona Crawford (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Speakers: Sumit Ray (Westinghouse), David Sun (Alstom), Satish Narayanan (United Technologies Research Center)

12:30 pm Working Lunch
Keynote — Changing our Energy Future Through Advanced Computing, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu
2:00 pm Chair’s Charge to Workshop Participants: Challenges to Extending and Scaling Advanced Computing for Energy
2:30 pm Breakout Sessions
  1. DOE Applied Programs — Grand Challenges

    The DOE Applied Programs have a large number of advanced computing programs. In general these programs are scattered and tailored to solving specific DOE Applied Program technology R&D issues. This breakout will identify those activities, discuss the successes, and identify opportunities where advanced computing developments could be shared with other Applied Programs. This breakout will also identify ongoing grand challenges and develop recommendations for the DOE to extend the use of advanced computing for energy innovation.

    Moderator: Ray Stults (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

  2. Current Users — Grand Challenges

    This breakout session will focus on energy companies who are existing users of advanced computing that is enabling energy innovation. This breakout session will address questions that include:

    • What role does advanced computing play in these companies?
    • What advantages have they realized from advanced computing?
    • What challenges did they face and how did they overcome them?
    • What was the nature of the challenges: technical, cultural, financial?
    • How would you advise others considering use of advanced computing?

    Participants will then develop a set of recommendations that could be taken by the DOE to further improve the impact of advanced computing for energy innovation.

    Moderator: Moe Khaleel (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

  3. Potential Users — Grand Challenges

    This breakout session will focus on energy innovators that have the potential to use advanced computing but are not current users. Questions for this breakout session will include:

    • What does energy innovation mean to them?
    • How could they see advanced computing helping them?
    • What grand challenges exist that are holding energy innovators back?

    In addition to collecting answers to these questions, the breakout session will develop recommendations for the DOE to address the challenges that are holding energy innovators back from using advanced computing.

    Moderator: John Grosh (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Thursday, August 2 — Workshop (Day 2)

8:00 am Breakout Sessions (continued)
10:00 am Breakout Group Initial Reports
11:00 am Breakout Sessions (continued)
Break for lunch on your own at moderator’s discretion
2:45 pm Breakout Groups Reports and Discussion
4:30 pm Workshop Conclusions and Next Steps

Friday, August 3 (Report Writers Only)

8:00 am - Noon Preparation of Workshop Report