WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science today announced approximately $60 million in new awards annually for 30 computational science projects over the next three to five years. The projects are aimed at accelerating research in designing new materials, developing future energy sources, studying global climate change, improving environmental cleanup methods and understanding physics from the tiniest particles to the massive explosions of supernovae.
Advanced computing is a critical element of President Bush's American Competitiveness Initiative and these projects represent an important path to scientific discovery,"DOE Under Secretary for Science Raymond," Orbach said. "We anticipate that they will develop and improve software for simulating scientific problems and help reduce the time-to-market for new technologies."
Sponsored by the DOE's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program, SciDAC-2 will bring together some of the nation's top researchers at the department's national laboratories and U.S. universities to create the software and infrastructure needed to help scientists effectively utilize the next generation of supercomputers. DOE's supercomputers tackle complex scientific challenges, some of which can only be studied through high performance computation and simulation. These projects, selected from a total of 240 proposals, involve 70 institutions and hundreds of researchers and students.
Seventeen science application projects will receive approximately $26.1 million in awards annually to study problems ranging from quarks to genomes to astrophysics. Two new scientific areas to be addressed under SciDAC-2 are groundwater transport of underground contaminants, an important factor in DOE's environmental cleanup mission, and computational biology focused on how biological systems may be tapped to help provide new energy sources or help with environmental remediati
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