This was part of the INCITE project and the selected programs went through a peer review and 57 projects in all were selected with those needing and having the best potential benefit from the high powered servers. Recently I covered the Cray computers who are in the #2 spot in the world for speed. This is nice to see research and development get some use besides what we hear about with High Frequency traders benefiting. BD
China Hits the #1 Spot for Computer System Performance–Cray XE System in US Still Hot and Plays a Role with High Frequency
This week the US Department of Energy (DoE) announced that it has awarded 57 deserving projects with a total of almost 1.7 billion processor hours on two of its (and the world’s) most powerful computers. It’s part of the DoE’s cleverly-acronymed Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program, the aim is of which is primarily “to further renewable energy solutions and understand of the environmental impacts of energy use.” That said, the program is open to all scientists in need of heavy-duty data crunching.
The winning INCITE projects were selected in a peer review process, and evaluated for computational readiness. According to the DoE, “Selected projects were chosen for their potential to advance scientific discoveries, speed technological innovations, and strengthen industrial competitiveness and for their ability to make use of hundreds of thousands of processors to work in concert to do so.”