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    Posted via an email - I thought it might interest people on these lists; ... PROPOSALS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR INCITE INCITE Program to Allocate Major
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2003
      Posted via an email - I thought it might interest people on these lists;


      INCITE Program to Allocate Major Department of Energy Office
      of Science Computing Resources to Key Scientific Projects

      Media contacts: Jeff Sherwood, 202/586-5806; Jon Bashor,

      WASHINGTON, DC -- Proposals are now being accepted for a new
      Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science program to
      support innovative, large-scale computational science
      projects, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham announced

      The program, entitled "Innovative and Novel Computational
      Impact on Theory and Experiment" (INCITE), will award a
      total of 4.5 million supercomputer processor hours and 100
      trillion bytes of data storage space at the National Energy
      Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center at DOE's
      Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The NERSC Center is
      the Office of Science's flagship facility for unclassified

      The program seeks computationally intensive large-scale
      research projects, with no requirement of current Department
      of Energy sponsorship, that can make high-impact scientific
      advances through the use of a substantial allocation of
      computer time and data storage at the NERSC Center. The
      INCITE program specifically encourages proposals from
      universities and other research institutions. A small number
      of large awards is anticipated.

      "The capabilities of terascale computing are transforming
      the conduct of science, bringing scientific simulation
      through computational modeling to parity with theory and
      experiment as a scientific tool," Energy Secretary Abraham
      said. "The INCITE initiative will make Lawrence Berkeley's
      NERSC facility available to all qualified researchers for
      grand challenge calculations -- and in the process bring us
      closer to achieving the full potential of scientific
      simulation to solve outstanding scientific and industrial
      problems of major significance."

      "The power of advanced scientific computation is just
      beginning to be realized," said Dr.
      Raymond L. Orbach, Director of DOE's Office of Science. "For
      some promising research efforts, there simply have not been
      enough cycles, or there wasn't an infrastructure which would
      allow large-scale simulations to truly develop and produce
      the kind of discoveries we hope to achieve."

      Recognizing this, the Office of Science decided that 10
      percent of NERSC's IBM supercomputer -- now at 10
      Teraflop/s, or 10 trillion operations per second -- should
      be made available for grand challenge calculations.

      "We are launching the INCITE initiative for two reasons,"
      Dr. Orbach explained. "For one, it's the right thing to do:
      there are opportunities for major accomplishments in this
      field of science. In addition, there is also a 'sociology'
      that we need to develop. We need to learn how to function at
      those speeds, how to work together as teams, and how to
      handle and manipulate data.

      "We will open NERSC's computational facilities to everyone,"
      Dr. Orbach continued. "Ten percent of NERSC's capability
      will be available to the entire world. Prospective users
      will not have to have a DOE contract, or grant, or
      connection. The applications will be peer reviewed, and will
      be judged solely on their scientific merit. It may be the
      case that teams rather than individuals will be involved. It
      even is possible that one research proposal will be so
      compelling that the entire 10 percent of NERSC will be
      allocated to that one research question.

      "We need to get scientific teams -- the people who are
      involved in algorithms, the computer scientists, and the
      mathematicians -- together to make the most efficient use of
      these facilities," Dr. Orbach said. "That's what this
      opening up at NERSC is meant to do. We want to develop the
      community of researchers within the United States -- and
      frankly around the world -- that can take advantage of these
      machines and produce the results that will invigorate and
      revolutionize their fields of study."

      Successful INCITE proposals will describe high-impact
      scientific research and will be peer-reviewed both in the
      area of research and also for general scientific review
      comparing them with proposals in other disciplines.
      Applicants must also present evidence that they can
      effectively use a major fraction of the 6,656 processors of
      the IBM SP supercomputer at the NERSC Center, which is the
      most powerful computer for unclassified research in the
      United States. Applicant codes must be demonstrably ready to
      run in a massively parallel manner on that computer.

      Proposals will be accepted only electronically, following
      instructions found in the Call for Proposals at
      Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday,
      September 21, 2003. Awards are expected to be announced by
      October 31, and access to the NERSC facilities for the
      awardees will be established immediately following the
      announcement and remain in effect until October 1, 2004.

      DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of
      basic research in the physical sciences in the nation and
      ensures U.S. world leadership across a broad range of
      scientific disciplines. For more information about the
      Office of Science, go to www.science.doe.gov.

      The NERSC Center currently serves more than 2,000 scientists
      at national laboratories and universities across the country
      researching problems in combustion, climate modeling, fusion
      energy, materials science, physics, chemistry and
      computational biology. Established in 1974, the NERSC Center
      has long been a leader in providing systems, services and
      expertise to advance computational science. For more
      information about the NERSC Center, go to www.nersc.gov.



      Jon Perry
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