The OLCF and ALCF are co-hosting three webinars in preparation for the 2012 INCITE call for proposals.

Oak Ridge and Argonne offer online help to those interested in submitting INCITE proposals

Researchers who want to boost their chances for time on the Department of Energy’s most powerful scientific supercomputers can get tutored from the comfort of their homes and offices.

The Oak Ridge and Argonne leadership computing facilities (OLCF and ALCF) co-hosted the first of three webinars January 24 aiming to guide researchers through the proposal process for earning time on the two facilities’ leadership-class supercomputers. The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is offering more than 1.6 billion computational hours in 2012 on the OLCF’s Jaguar and ALCF’s Intrepid systems.

The webinars provide researchers with necessary information for writing a competitive proposal and utilizing leadership-class systems, as well as an opportunity to ask questions of the LCF staffs. The OLCF’s Hai Ah Nam took part in the first webinar, instructing virtual attendees in the necessary proposal-writing and preparation skills.

“The competition for allocations on these systems is quite intense,” she said, “so researchers not only have to present compelling science goals, but also need to show they are capable of dealing with the unique challenges of working on such a large-scale computing system.”

The next webinar will be March 21, while the third will be in May on a date to be determined. The INCITE program itself will accept applications from April 13 to June 30. Awards, on average, exceed 20 million hours. For a list of 2011 INCITE awards, see More information on the INCITE program can be found at or by contacting
— by Eric Gedenk