WASHINGTON, June 21, 2017 - The Department of Energy, as part of its new PathForward program, has awarded six companies a total of $258 million for research to develop the nation’s first exascale supercomputers. Exascale refers to computers that can perform a billion computations per second. The funds will be allocated over three years, with companies footing at least 40 percent of their total project cost. “The work funded by PathForward will include development of innovative memory architectures, higher-speed interconnects, improved reliability systems, and approaches for increasing computing power without prohibitive increases in energy demand,” ECP Director Paul Messina said.  Additional information and a list of the awarded can be found here.