US labs receive $57 million in funding

The US Department of Energy has awarded $57 million to 51 projects to develop the scientific computing software and hardware infrastructure needed to use terascale computers.

Fifty-one projects will receive a total of $57 million this fiscal year to develop the scientific computing software and hardware infrastructure needed to use terascale computers.

The Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program will help create a new generation of scientific simulation codes, which will take full advantage of the extraordinary computing capabilities of terascale computers to address larger, more complex problems.

The program also includes research on improved mathematical and computing systems software that will allow these codes to use modern parallel computers effectively.

The ‘collaboratory’ software developed within the SciDAC program will enable geographically separated scientists to use scientific instruments and computers remotely and be able to work together with distant colleagues as a team, sharing data more readily.

Selected from over 150 proposals, the SciDAC activities include 23 large projects that will each receive $500,000 to $4 million per year for three to five years, and 27 smaller projects, each with funding of up to $500,000 per year for three years.

Success of the SciDAC program requires multi-disciplinary teams from universities and laboratories to work in close partnership. The projects involve collaborations among 13 DOE laboratories and more than 50 colleges and universities.

‘These projects represent a significant change in the way we do computational research, with greater emphasis on integrated teams,’ said James Decker, acting director of the department’s Office of Science.

‘Our strategy is to support co-ordinated efforts by the scientists working to solve complex problems in physics, chemistry and biology, and the applied mathematicians and computer scientists working to develop the computational tools required for that research.’