April 14 — The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program awarded nearly six billion core-hours to researchers in its most recent solicitation. Roughly a third of applicants received time on INCITE’s production systems: the 27 petaflops Cray XK7 “Titan” and 10 petaflops IBM Blue/Gene Q “Mira.” INCITE focuses on campaigns with the potential to solve long-standing science or engineering challenges, or activities that have the potential to introduce new paradigms within the broad community of researchers.
To aid potential authors in crafting proposals for time, the INCITE program will offer a proposals-writing webinar on April 22, 2014 and repeated on May 15, 2014. Registration is open at http://www.doeleadershipcomputing.org/2015-incite-proposal-writing-webinar/. I encourage potential authors to participate: I and representatives from the Leadership Computing Facility (LCF) centers housing Titan and Mira will identify common pitfalls and provide tips for what we’ve seen in successful proposals. During the 1.5 hour webinar we’ll also answer questions – general and specific – about proposals and the review process.
INCITE issues an annual call for proposals, which is open to US- and non-US-based researchers, regardless of funding source. This year, the call opens April 16th, 2014, and closes June 27th, 2014. Historically, INCITE award recipients have come from academia, national laboratories, and industry or any combination therein. The average awards last year were 77 million core-hours on Titan and 88 million core-hours on Mira. I encourage anyone considering applying for INCITE time to join us for the proposal writing webinar, for a unique opportunity to hear directly from the program management team about what constitutes a well-crafted proposal.