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86 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2021 sole right of publishing them for designated periods. Perhaps the most common, however, is the trade secret, special knowhow, or a formula that cannot be easily gleaned. e most famous trade secrets are oen associated with foods— recipes and flavored drink mixes such as Coca- Cola. e trade secret protects the individual's or business's intellectual property by not dis- closing the details of the product as would be required by a patent. In closing, there is an amusing anecdote of historical note worth sharing. Charles H. Duell was the U.S. Commissioner of Patents in the late 19th century. Mr. Duell incredulously sug- gested in 1899 that it might be a good idea to shut down the patent office because "every- thing that can be invented has been invented." e number of U.S. issued patents granted as of December 1899 was 640,000. e num- ber of patents issued at the time of writing is 11,089,721. Clearly, Mr. Duell was just a wee bit off. FLEX007 Joe Fjelstad is founder and CEO of Verdant Electronics and an international authority and innovator in the field of electronic interconnection and packaging technologies with more than 185 patents issued or pending. To read past columns or contact Fjelstad, click here. Download your free copy of Fjelstad's book Flexible Circuit Technology, 4 th Edition, and watch his in-depth workshop series "Flexible Circuit Technology." The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled a new testbed supercomputer to prepare critical workloads for future exascale systems that will deliver up to four times faster performance than Argonne's current supercomputers. The new system, which Argonne has named Polaris, will be built by HPE, and hosted and man- aged by the Argonne Leadership Computing Facil- ity (ALCF), a U.S. DOE Office of Science User Facil- ity. Polaris is designed with industry-leading high- performance computing (HPC) and AI solutions to advance investigations into society's most com- plex and pressing issues, from understanding the biology of viruses to revealing the secrets of the universe. It will also augment Argonne's ongoing efforts and achievements in areas such as clean energy, climate resilience and manufacturing. "Polaris is well equipped to help move the ALCF into the exascale era of computational science by accelerating the application of AI capabilities to the growing data and simulation demands of our users," said Michael E. Papka, director at the ALCF. "Beyond getting us ready for Aurora, Polaris will further provide a plat- form to experiment with the integration of super- computers and large- scale experiment facili- ties, like the Advanced Photon Source, making HPC available to more scientific communities." (Source: Argonne National Laboratory) Argonne National Lab and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Prepare for Exascale Era

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