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November 14, 2023 | Tom Ballard

DOE awards 60 percent of available time on its leadership computing facilities

Through the INCITE, program, these projects support a broad range of high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering, and computer science domains.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science has allocated supercomputer access to a record-breaking 75 computational science projects for 2024 through its “Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment” (INCITE, program). That allocation represents 60 percent of the available time on the leadership-class supercomputers at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to accelerate discovery and innovation.

According to this news release, the projects will support a broad range of high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering, and computer science domains. The INCITE program, which is jointly managed by ORNL and Argonne, is the primary means by which the facilities fulfill their mission to advance open science by providing the scientific community with access to their powerful supercomputing resources. The ALCF and OLCF are DOE Office of Science user facilities.

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s (ALCF)systems include the debut of Aurora, ALCF’s HPE Cray EX – Intel Exascale Compute Blade system, with a peak performance of more than two exaflops. Additionally, ALCF is allocating Polaris, the 44-petaflop HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10+ system.

This year’s awards are the second INCITE allocations on Frontier, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facitity’s flagship HPE Cray EX system, which debuted in May 2022 as the world’s fastest supercomputer. The system features a high-performance Linpack speed of 1.194 exaflops and a theoretical peak performance of two exaflops.


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