A total of 4.5 million supercomputing processing hours and 100 trillion bytes of data storage space on the most powerful computer for unclassified research in the United States is now up for grabs. The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is inviting research proposals from scientists worldwide.

The DOE's Office of Science is making 10% of the National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center's 10-teraflop (trillion floating point operations per second) computer available for "grand challenge" calculations. Named Seaborg, the NERSC Center's IBM SP RS/6000 machine at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was, as of June 2003, ranked number five among the world's top 500 supercomputers.

"Building these big computers only makes sense if you have really big computation projects to make use of them," said NERSC Director Horst Simon. "We're looking for someone with new ideas who's been...

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