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15 U.S. Code § 5541 - Definitions

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In this subchapter:
(1) Department

The term “Department” means the Department of Energy.

(2) Exascale computing

The term “exascale computing” means computing through the use of a computing machine that performs near or above 10 to the 18th power operations per second.

(3) High-end computing system

The term “high-end computing system” means a computing system with performance that substantially exceeds that of systems that are commonly available for advanced scientific and engineering applications.

(4) Leadership System

The term “Leadership System” means a high-end computing system that is among the most advanced in the world in terms of performance in solving scientific and engineering problems.

(5) Institution of higher education

The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given the term in section 1001(a) of title 20.

(6) Secretary

The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Energy.

Editorial Notes
References in Text

This subchapter, referred to in text, was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 108–423, Nov. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2400, which is classified principally to this subchapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 5501 of this title and Tables.


This section was enacted as part of the American Super Computing Leadership Act of 2017 which comprises this subchapter, and not as part of the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 which comprises this chapter.


2018—Pars. (1) to (5). Pub. L. 115–246, § 304(b)(2)(A), (B), as amended by Pub. L. 117–167, § 10104(a)(1), added pars. (1) and (2), redesignated former pars. (2) to (4) as (3) to (5), respectively, and struck out former par. (1) which defined “Center”. Former par. (5) redesignated (6).

Par. (6). Pub. L. 115–246, § 304(b)(2)(A), (C), as amended by Pub. L. 117–167, § 10104(a)(1), redesignated par. (5) as (6) and struck out “, acting through the Director of the Office of Science of the Department of Energy” before period at end.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Short Title

This subchapter known as the “American Super Computing Leadership Act of 2017”, see Short Title note set out under section 5501 of this title.