Golden Energy Computing Organization

Golden Energy Computing Organization The Golden Energy Computing Organization was founded to be a focal point of Energy research using high performance computing (HPC) at Mines. GECO is a recognition that energy research has been the primary cycle consumer of HPC on campus. At the founding of GECO Mines acquired the high performance computing machine, RA.Mines.Edu, to bring a new dimension of capability to research in the energy sciences and to be a hub for computational inquiries aimed at the discovery of new ways to meet the energy needs of our society.

Links are provided on the left that lead to descriptions of current GECO research and publications resulting from previous efforts and a more detailed description of the research that lead to the founding of GECO. There are links provided to pages that describe Mines' HPC platforms, RA, BlueM, and Mio. Accounts on RA and BlueM are by proposal through an Allocations Request Process.

GECO Initial Challenges

Eight key challenge topics were chosen which have strong local expertise and are poised to make significant advances through the addition of the HPC resources at Mines. The university has collaborated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), both within a few miles of CSM, to identify these thrust areas and respective leaders. The eight research challenge topics shown in the diagram below and discussed here are each being carried out by Mines' scientists at the top of their field. All projects include team members who perform experimental inquiries synergistic with the computational objectives. The investigations cross several disciplines and target technological payoffs with time scales from several months to several decades.


The eight initial projects, while important on their own, will continue to catalyze the development of a culture of HPC inquiry in the energy sciences and resulting in a more ambitious institutional research horizon. Unified in energy theme, shared facilities, student education and training, joint presentations, and interactions with research support staff, these challenge topics create a campus culture in HPC that will have a broader societal impact than the discoveries associated with any individual investigation. The facility promotes activities which cross disciplinary lines to foster links between education, scientific inquiry and industrial pursuits bringing together scientists and engineers that cover a broad spectrum of energy-related research. National efforts to discover and develop new sources of energy have been positively impacted by the creation of the Golden Energy Computing Organization.

GECO Integration Efforts

GECO will continue to be the focal point of high performance computing at Mines related to energy research. HPC/Energy research will be highlighted on this site. This site will be a clearing house for information of Mines' HPC/Energy research. GECO will sponsor the Energy Computing BoF at the FRCRC HPC Summer Symposium. GECO will feature Mines' HPC/Energy research at SuperComputing 13 (SC13) in the organizations booth.


Contact Dr. Timothy Kaiser tkaiser@mines.edu.