Energy spends on high-end software tests

Energy spends on high-end software tests

The Energy Department this month parceled out $57 million for computational research via its new Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing program.

Most of the 51 SciDAC awards went to collaborations among 13 Energy laboratories and more than 50 universities and companies, Energy spokesman Jeff Sherwood said.

The program will develop new scientific simulation codes that take advantage of so-called terascale computers, which are theoretically capable of more than 1 trillion calculations per second.

'It's not software for software's sake,' Sherwood said. Rather, SciDAC is funding software research in areas such as climate prediction, chemistry, fusion energy and nuclear physics.

SciDAC will fund 17 additional projects to develop a general software infrastructure for high-performance computing at distributed sites, also called teragrid computing [GCN, Aug. 20, Page 7].

A spreadsheet of the award recipients appears at www.science.doe.gov/scidac.

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