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PROPOSALS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR "INCITE"
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.