Department of Energy Awards X-ScaleSolutions SBIR Phase 2 Grant to Commercialization SMART-PETSc

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced that X-ScaleSolutions will receive $1.65m as part of 54 Department of Energy grants totaling $68 million to 53 small businesses in 23 states, including projects to develop tools for climate research and advanced materials and technologies for clean energy conversion. 

“From the Industrial Revolution to Silicon Valley, small businesses have always propelled innovation in America, and they will play a critical role in the transition to clean energy,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The companies working on the incredible projects announced today are creating a bridge between the laboratory and the marketplace, where the rubber will meet the road.” 

Through the SBIR/STTR program across the federal government, small business powers the U.S. economy and generates thousands of jobs, both directly and indirectly, the DOE notes. DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards aim at transforming DOE-supported science and technology breakthroughs into viable products and services. The awards also support the development of specialized technologies and instruments that aid in scientific discovery.

X-ScaleSolutions will receive $1.65m to design and develop SMART-PETSc a Smart Middleware for Accelerating PETSc on modern high-performance computing hardware. The SMART-PETSc Middleweare  aims to support multiple innovations in the communication runtime. In addition, it proposes a comprehensive co-design approach to re-design PETSc library with MPI_T support and performance engineering with TAU. 

SMART-PETSc will be developed in collaboration with Dr. Richard Tran Mills and Dr. Junchao Zhang, Argonne National Laboratory; Dr. Victor Eijkhout, Texas Advanced Computing Center; and Dr. Sameer Shende and Dr. Allen Malony, ParaTools, Inc. 

“The R&D activities to be carried out under this grant will lead to significant performance and scalability benefits to a large number of users from multiple disciplines using the PETSc library”, says Dhableswar K. (DK) Panda, Founder and CEO of X-ScaleSolutions.


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