DoE Dishes Out Allocations

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The US Department of Energy announced today that they have laid out supercomputing allocations totaling over 1.6billion hours to 69 cutting-edge projects.  The allocations come through the DoE Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment [INCITE] program.  The INCITE program grants large buckets of HPC resources to groups working on the most challenging of research.  The goal being to drive research results with immediate resources.

Computation and supercomputing are critical to solving some of our greatest scientific challenges,” said Secretary Chu. “This year’s INCITE awards reflect the enormous growth in demand for complex modeling and simulation capabilities, which are essential to improving our economic prosperity and global competitiveness.”

The 69 projects were awarded time at the DoE’s leadership computing facilities [LCF’s].  Namely, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  This iteration’s projects include:

  • Energy, including advanced systems for fusion energy and nuclear power, and improving combustion to increase efficiency and reduce emissions to develop safe and renewable energy solutions.
  • Environment, highlighting research into carbon sequestration, developing better insight of natural phenomena like earthquakes and hurricanes, and developing near-zero-emissions combustion devices.
  • Climate change, featuring projects to improve climate models, understand global warming, study the effects of turbulence in oceans, and simulate clouds on a global scale.
  • Biology, including understanding protein membranes to improve drug discovery, diagnostics and better treatment of diseases.

For more info on the various projects and the INCITE program, check out their website here.