Researchers from academia, government research facilities, and industry received computing time through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, programme. The programme was created as the primary means of accessing the DOE Leadership Computing Facilities at Argonne and Oak Ridge national laboratories.
"The INCITE programme drives some of the world's most ambitious and groundbreaking computational research in science and engineering", stated James Hack, director of the National Center for Computational Sciences, home to the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. "The programme has a very strong and diverse collection of projects in 2016, and we look forward to working with investigators to ensure they succeed with their challenging objectives."
"Not only does INCITE give researchers access to two of the fastest supercomputers in the world, the programme also provides support and expertise to make sure they maximize their time on our leading-edge systems", stated Michael Papka, director of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility.
The INCITE programme issued its first awards in 2004, when three projects received an aggregate five million core hours. Today's collective allocation of 5.8 billion core hours represents 1,000-fold growth in computational resources provided to award recipients. The average award is more than 85 million core hours - with specific awards of up to several hundred million core hours - on systems capable of quadrillions of calculations per second.
The OLCF's Titan supercomputer is a 27-petaflop Cray XK7 hybrid system employing both CPUs and energy-efficient, high-performance GPUs in its 18,688 compute nodes. The ALCF's Mira supercomputer is a 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q system with 49,152 compute nodes and a power-efficient architecture.
Despite continued upgrades, expansions, and advances in computing power, demand for leadership-class resources such as Mira and Titan continues to exceed availability. Applications for time through the INCITE programme once again greatly exceeded the numbers of awards.
Among 2016 INCITE award recipients are:
For a complete list of 2016 INCITE awards, you can visit http://www.doeleadershipcomputing.org/awards/2016INCITEFactSheets.pdf .