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CRD Researchers Receive 2013 INCITE Allocations

January 11, 2013

Two researchers from the Computational Research Division are principal investigators and four are co-investigators on projects receiving large allocations of computer time in 2013 under DOE’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. This year some 4.7 billion processing hours were awarded to 61 science and engineering projects with a high potential to accelerate innovation and discovery on some of the Department of Energy’s newest and most powerful supercomputers.

Leonid Oliker is the PI for “Performance Evaluation and Analysis Consortium (PEAC) End Station,” which was awarded 85 million core hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Co-investigators include David Bailey, James Demmel, and Kathy Yelick of Berkeley Lab, plus 15 others. This is the largest INCITE allocation for computer science in 2013. The project aims to provide tools, runtimes, and methodologies to enable scientists to exploit leadership class systems and to make use of each system most efficiently.

Michael Wehner received an allocation of 150 million core hours at ALCF for his project, “Attributing Changes in the Risk of Extreme Weather and Climate,” which will use a very high-resolution version of the Community Atmospheric Model (CAM5.1) to emulate the “world that actually was” and “the world that might have been” had human activities not interfered with the climate system. The goal is to enable a significant leap forward in climate science’s ability to understand causes of changes in the risk of localized extreme events, including severe weather and hurricanes.

John Bell is one of three co-investigators on a project led by Stan Woosley of UC Santa Cruz, “Petascale Simulations of Type Ia Supernovae,” which was awarded 55 million core hours at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. This project proposes an “end to end,” first principles simulation of a Type Ia supernova using three codes that have been developed for this purpose with support from the DOE’s SciDAC Program.

For a full list of 2013 INCITE awardees with project descriptions, go here.

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