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DOE Supercomputing Resources Available
May 8, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced it is accepting proposals for a program to support high-impact scientific advances through the use of some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers located at DOE national laboratories. Approximately 1.3 billion supercomputer processor-hours will be awarded in 2010 through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program for large-scale, computationally intensive projects addressing some of the toughest challenges in science and engineering.

INCITE awards will go to researchers whose projects would not be possible or productive without the petascale (quadrillion calculations per second) computing and computational support available at DOE leadership-class supercomputing facilities at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Large allocations of processor hours allow scientists to probe complex scenarios with unprecedented resolution and arrive at answers in days rather than decades. The number of processor hours available through INCITE will almost double in 2010 due to recent upgrades that have expanded capacity at both DOE leadership-computing facilities, which house the IBM Blue Gene/P system at Argonne and the Cray XT system at Oak Ridge.

In its 7th year, the 2010 INCITE program will grant scientists and engineers at universities, industry, national laboratories and other research organizations access to lightning-fast high-performance computing systems not commonly available in academia or the private sector. Proposals will be peer-reviewed for: scientific merit, suitability of algorithms to perform well on a system’s architecture, and computational readiness of a code to make effective use of the system by using a majority of its processors in a single run. Applicants can request allocations for one to three years. Current DOE sponsorship is not required for this program. Details are available in the Call for Proposals. Researchers may submit INCITE proposals until July 1st. Award recipients are expected to be announced in November.

To learn more about the 2009 INCITE projects, veiw the INCITE Fact Sheet online.

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