Chip-maker Intel has opened a subsidiary that will focus on supercomputing work in the federal government, the company announced Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Intel Federal “will focus on the high-performance computing segment, including work on exascale computing with the U.S. Department of Energy and other agencies,” according to a press release. Eventually the subsidiary will be open to working with all branches of government, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said.

Intel Federal will initially open offices in Oregon, California and the Washington, D.C., area, and will be led by its new president, Dave Patterson, who most recently was the president and CEO of Optelecom-NKF Inc., and previously the president and CEO of Siemens Government Services Inc.

The creation of Intel Federal demonstrates the importance of high-performance computing, said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected Systems Group.

“Reaching supercomputer performance levels of a hundred times more powerful than today by 2018 will require the combined efforts of both industry and government,” Skaugen said in a prepared statement. “An ExaFlop supercomputer’s performance is the equivalent of every person on Earth making about 150 million calculations per second. We look forward to collaborating more closely with the U.S. government on future supercomputing challenges.”