DOE INCITE program seeks proposals for 2021

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The DOE INCITE program has issued its Call for Proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains.

From now until June 19, 2020, INCITE’s open call provides an opportunity for researchers to pursue transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), both DOE Office of Science User Facilities. The ALCF and OLCF will be home to the nation’s first exascale systems, Aurora (Argonne) and Frontier (Oak Ridge), which will be available through the 2023 INCITE call for proposals.

Open to researchers from academia, industry and government agencies, the INCITE program is aimed at large-scale scientific computing projects that require the power and scale of DOE’s leadership-class supercomputers. The program will award up to 60 percent of the allocable time on Summit, the OLCF’s 200-petaflop IBM AC922 machine, and Theta, the ALCF’s 12-petaflop Cray XC40 system. Proposals may be for up to three years.

In addition to seeking traditional simulation-based projects, the call for proposals is open to projects that involve applications in the areas of data science (e.g., big data, data-intensive computing) and machine learning (e.g., deep learning, neural networks, discovery of patterns, reduced models for scientific data). Crosscutting proposals targeting the convergence of simulation, data and learning are also encouraged.

Proposals will undergo a peer review process to identify projects with the greatest potential for impact and a demonstrable need for leadership-class systems to deliver solutions to grand challenges. Additionally, applications will be evaluated for computational readiness to determine how effectively each proposed project will use the requested systems.

Proposals are due June 19, 2020. Awards are expected to be announced in November 2020.

INCITE and Leadership Computing Training Opportunities

The INCITE program will host instructional proposal writing webinars on May 5 and June 5, 2020. .

To achieve computational readiness, INCITE applicants are encouraged to apply for Director’s Discretionary allocations at the ALCF and at the OLCF.

In addition, the ALCF and OLCF host a variety of training events designed to help users advance their research on leadership-class supercomputers.

Upcoming events include the virtual ALCF Computational Performance Workshop (May 5-7, 2020), the Simulation, Data and Learning Workshop (Fall 2020), and the ALCF Developers Sessions (monthly webinars). 

The OLCF’s 2020 GPU Hackathons are intended to help GPU programmers prepare and optimize their codes for the facility’s supercomputers.

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