Innovation and Competitiveness

Rick Stevens, Director of the Math and Computer Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory, speaks about the impact the DOE Office of Science has on AI Research and Innovation.

Video curtesy of Argonne National Laboratory,

The Office of Science has invested in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research for decades as an inherent tool for advancing fundamental science. Today, targeted investments in AI projects across the Office of Science (SC) aim to create leadership class AI systems to solve a wide range of challenging science and engineering problems across the DOE mission space.

The Office of Science partners with industry to advance AI research and technology. Through partnerships that range from enabling joint research and development (R&D) projects, to providing Scientific User Facility access to Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) awards; SC and the National Laboratories accelerate innovation and advance U.S. competitiveness in companies large and small across the Nation.

These activities build on the strengths of the DOE’s research portfolio and National Laboratories to advance AI, support science and engineering, and create new world leading scientific capabilities.


Chip Manufacturers

 “The Frontier supercomputer is the culmination of a strong collaboration between AMD, HPE and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide an exascale-capable system that pushes the boundaries of scientific discovery by dramatically enhancing performance of artificial intelligence, analytics, and simulation at scale.” 
- Thomas Zacharia, director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 
 “NVIDIA has been researching and developing faster, more efficient GPUs for high performance computing (HPC) for more than a decade. This is our sixth DOE research and development contract, which will help accelerate our efforts to develop highly efficient throughput computing technologies to ensure U.S. leadership in HPC. Our R&D will focus on critical areas including energy-efficient GPU architectures and resilience. We’re particularly proud of the work we’ve been doing to help the DOE achieve exascale performance at a fraction of the power of traditional compute architectures.”
- Dr. Bill Dally, chief scientist and senior vice president of research, NVIDIA
A collaboration between the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN), Micron, and the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) uses AI-powered tools for hunting neutrinos, which are similar to electrons but with no electric charge, almost zero mass, and rarely react with normal matter, making them especially hard to observe.
The DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and Cerebras Systems partner to leverage the world fastest AI supercomputer to accelerate the search for Covid-19 life-saving treatments (