Department of Energy Awards 18 Million Node-Hours of Computing Time to Support Cutting-Edge Research

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that 18 million node-hours have been awarded to 45 scientific projects under the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) program. The projects, with applications ranging from advanced energy systems to climate change to cancer research, will use DOE supercomputers to uncover unique insights about scientific problems that would otherwise be impossible to solve using experimental approaches.

The 2022 ALCC allocation cycle will debut a new system and testbed: Perlmutter at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and Polaris at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). It will also provide early-access to a few select projects on Frontier at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF)—the first exascale computer and the fastest computer in the world. Projects will also have access to DOE’s broader constellation of advanced computing systems: Summit at OLCF, Theta at ALCF, and Cori at NERSC. The selected projects will receive computational time on one or more of these systems to conduct breakthrough research that requires the nation’s most powerful supercomputers.

“Department of Energy supercomputers, which are ushering in the exascale era, provide world-leading scientific tools that advance U.S. science. Our supercomputers enable exploring scientific problems in new ways, safely and quickly modeling experiments that would otherwise be too dangerous, large, or costly,” said Barb Helland, DOE Associate Director for Advanced Scientific Computing Research. “These ALCC awards enable researchers across the Nation to use our supercomputers to advance our global scientific competitiveness, accelerate clean energy options, and better understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

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