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Julia C. White, INCITE Manager whitejc@DOEleadershipcomputing.org. INCITE Overview April 13, 2010 HPC User Forum. What is INCITE?. INCITE: Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment.

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what is incite
What is INCITE?

INCITE: Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment

Provides awards to academic, government, and industry organizations worldwideneeding large allocations of computer time, supporting resources, and data storage to pursue transformational advances in science and industrial competitiveness.

Beginning in 2010, INCITE is jointly run by the ALCF and OLCF, managed by Julia White

high resolution climate modeling providing accurate scenarios of future climate change
High-resolution climate modelingProviding accurate scenarios of future climate change

Abrupt climate change:Running NCAR’s CCSM3 model, the simulation shows deglaciationduring the Bolling-Allerod, Earth’s most recent period of natural global warming

Visualization: Jamison Daniel, ORNL

advances in nuclear reactor modeling making safe clean nuclear energy available globally
Advances in nuclear reactor modelingMaking safe, clean nuclear energy available globally

“Computations… are already yielding important

results in the analysis and understanding of

reactor core flows, including establishment

of turbulent flow entry lengths and subassembly

coolant mixing characteristics."

Dr. Paul Fischer, Argonne National Laboratory

Representation of turbulent flow of coolant into a mock-up of the upper plenum of an advanced recycling nuclear reactor. The colors indicate the speed of the fluid.

high temperature superconductor design revolutionary simulations for improved energy transmission
High-temperature superconductor designRevolutionary simulations for improved energy transmission

Dynamic cluster quantum Monte Carlo simulation of the striped state in the 1/8 doped LaBaCuO high-temperature cuprate superconductor. Consistent with experiments, the simulations show evidence that superconductivity is optimized in this state.

Simulation: Thomas Maier, Gonzalo Alvarez, Mike Summers, ORNL & Thomas Schulthess, ETH Zürich;

Visualization: Jeremy Meredith, ORNL

Next-generation energy and propulsionFirst proof-of-concept aero and acoustic large-eddy simulation (LES) calculation completed

Reducing aerodynamic noise is critical to the viability of next-generation “green” low-carbon/greenhouse gas emission energy systems (e.g., wind turbines)

“As this technology develops, it will

accelerate GE's ability to design

quieter and larger blades and

significantly increase the energy yields

possible from the wind portion of

the world's renewable portfolio."

Dr. Gary Leonard, Global Technology Leader

Energy and Propulsion Technologies

GE Global Research

lcf allocation programs more than 2 7 billion processor hours
LCF allocation programsMore than 2.7 billion processor hours
  • Proposals considered year-round
  • Award up to millions of hours
  • Annual call for proposals
  • Award tens of millions of hours
  • For projects of high impact in science, engineering, and computer science that require leadership systems
  • Allocated by the ASCR office
incite in its 7th year explosive growth in program allocations
INCITE in its 7th yearExplosive growth in program allocations

More than 1.6 billion processor hours in 2010

incite is open to researchers worldwide from academic government and industry organizations
INCITE is open to researchers worldwide from academic, government, and industry organizations

Advancing the state of the art across a range of disciplines

Accelerator physics



Chemical sciences

Computer Science


Climate research

Environmental science

Life sciences

  • No designated number of hours for a particular science area
  • INCITE looks at all recommendations, focusing on potential for scientific or technological impact, then readiness

Materials science

Fusion energy

Nuclear physics

the incite program is typically 2 5 oversubscribed
The INCITE program is typically 2.5× oversubscribed

Millions of Processor Hours Requested


incite 2010 awards 35 new projects and 34 renewal projects 41 of new submittals and 83 of renewals
INCITE 2010 awards: 35 new projects and 34 renewal projects41% of new submittals and 83% of renewals 
incite 2011 schedule for proposals


INCITE 2011: Schedule for proposals

Call for Proposals (new and renewals) April 14 to June 30

ComputationalReadiness Review

Scientific Peer Review


Account processing

Allocations (through December 2011)











Jan 2011

review process computational readiness
Review process: Computational readiness
  • Reviewers: Center staff who are expert in these systems
  • Both centers review each proposal
review process panel review
Review process: Panel review
  • Reviewers: Domain experts drawn from institutions worldwide
2010 incite process changes
2010 INCITE process changes
  • Introduced a feedback step for computational review
  • Enhanced program transparency by providing reviewer comments to authors
  • Expanded blue-ribbon peer review panel
  • Initiated review of renewals
  • Engaged ALCF and OLCF management teams and INCITE manager in selection of proposals
2011 call for proposals
2011 Call for proposals
  • Opens April 14th, closes June 30th
  • Awards made independently of funding source
  • 1.6B processor hours to be allocated for CY 2011
  • Average project award to exceed 20M processor hours
  • Applicants must present evidence that their proposed production simulations can make effective use of a significant fraction, in most cases 20% or more, of the HPC systems offered for allocation

For details about the INCITE program:



For details about the ALCC program: