Rep. Lipinski Announces $200 Million Award to Argonne National Laboratory for Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies (April 9, 2015)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) joined with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Under Secretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr, Argonne National Laboratory Director Peter Littlewood, and other members of the Illinois congressional delegation today to announce that Argonne is receiving $200 million to increase its supercomputing capacity.  This investment will help advance U.S. leadership in scientific research, maintain the nation’s position at the forefront of next-generation computing, and ensure America’s economic and national security.  Rep. Lipinski helped write the 2010 America COMPETES Act that increased investments in computing and other innovation programs.

“Supercomputers like MIRA at Argonne have traditionally been a strength of the U.S. investment in research, but today that lead is being challenged by other countries,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “While the U.S. is home to 233 of the world’s 500 fastest computers as measured by the most recent Top 500 report, that’s down from 291 systems just five years ago.  This reward for Argonne is critical to our nation’s ongoing efforts to maintain our lead in this sector.  I thank the DOE and Argonne Director Littlewood for their leadership and vision in keeping the United States at the forefront of this highly competitive field.  As a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Research, and a member of the Subcommittee on Energy, fighting for increased investments for high performance computing and other critical areas of science is going to continue to be at the top of my priority list.”

Argonne is part of a joint collaboration of several facilities that was established in early 2014 to leverage supercomputing investments, streamline procurement processes, and reduce costs to develop supercomputers that will be five to seven times more powerful than today’s fastest American system.