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DOE Office of Science Would Have to Grapple with $900 Million Cut Under Trump Budget

The Trump administration outlined dramatic cuts for nearly every federal agency in order to pay for a $54 billion increase in Department of Defense spending. Those rollbacks would include a 20 percent annual reduction at the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, which would almost certainly put the agency’s pre-exascale and exascale programs in jeopardy. The $900 million Office of Science cut is apt to throw the US HPC research community into disarray, given that this agency is tasked with purchasing and maintaining the largest supercomputers in the nation that support open science research. It does the majority of this work under the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) project, which encompasses the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California, the Leadership Computing Facility at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee, and Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. According to a report in Quartz, former Argonne director Peter Littlewood, summed it up like this: “It will cut science off at the knees,” he said, adding that Littlewood was specificially worried about exascale computing research. “It’s quite dangerous for the US to disable the science engine,” he noted. Learn more at

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