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As America’s grasp on the world of supercomputing continues to slip, the Department of Energy is seeking to reinvigorate the nation’s capabilities. A new ranking shows that for the second year running, the world’s fastest supercomputer is TaihuLight, housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China. Capable of performing 93 quadrillion calculations per second, it’s almost three times faster than the second-place Tianhe-2. And in third spot this year is a newly upgraded device, called Piz Dain, at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, which recently had its performance boosted by the addition of Nvidia GPUs.
DOE announced the award of a contract to Professional Project Services, Inc. of Oak Ridge, TN for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) procurement. This contract is an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) from which Firm-Fixed-Price and Time-and-Materials task orders may be issued. The IDIQ contract contains a $20 thousand guaranteed minimum value of services and a $49 million maximum value of services, and has a five (5) year ordering period from the date of contract award. Six proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
Protection Strategies, Inc. (PSI), headquartered in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, announced that former President and Chief Operating Officer, Sean P. Williams is now the majority owner and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Bobby Beaty, who acquired ownership of the company in 2012, will remain a minority partner in the firm and acting in an Executive Advisory role while taking partial retirement.
Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Thursday told HHS Secretary Tom Price that each year there are billions in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims, and supercomputers at our national laboratories can be used as a “secret weapon” in the effort to combat this waste, fraud and abuse. “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a $1.6 trillion operation – with $820 billion in claims each year,” said Senator Alexander.
United States Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said in a hearing on the president’s proposed budget for the National Nuclear Security Administration that the Uranium Processing Facility at Oak Ridge is on time and on budget after considerable oversight over the past five years which included “regular meetings with the Department’s leadership to discuss the project—particularly how the Department is implementing the recommendations of a Red Team review, completed in 2014, that detailed ways to get the project on track.”
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