Advanced Computing Systems for Energy

Dr. Steven E. Koonin, the undersecretary for Science at the US Department of Energy, spoke about how computing systems are becoming more energy efficient.

“There are three challenges associated with energy. First is energy security … [in part because] the fact that most of the world’s conventional oil reserves are not accessible to the big independent oil companies, but are rather in the hands of the national oil companies.

“Second is the U.S.'s competitiveness. Even with technologies invented and refined in the U.S., it is not manufacturing the new energy technologies.

“And third is environmental impact … most-famously carbon dioxide and its effects on climate. But equally important are water issues. Half of the water withdrawals in the U.S. are due to generating electrical power – more than in agriculture.”

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