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Thanks to Grant, Faculty and Students from ORAU Member Schools Will Perform Research Using ORNL's “Jaguar” and Other Supercomputers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 26, 2009
FY09-08

ORAU and ORNL Announce Winners in First-Ever High-Performance Computing Grants Competition

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have announced four winners in the first high-performance computing grants competition. The grants, open to ORAU member institutions, allow faculty and student teams the opportunity to participate in research at ORNL with the benefit of ORNL’s computing resources and staff. The grant award, $25,000 for the first year, also includes potential funding of up to two more years for a total of $75,000 provided by ORAU.

ORAU and ORNL have announced winners in the first-ever High Performance Computing Grants competition. Pictured L to R, front row are grant winners Oleg Zikanov from the University of Michigan, Dearborn; Jesse Ziebarth and Yongmei Wang from the University of Memphis; Shaikh Ahmed from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; and Ming Ye from Florida State University. Pictured L to R, back row are ORAU Board Chair Win Phillips, Interim ORAU President Homer Fisher, ORAU Council Chair Sandra Degen and Deputy Associate ORNL Lab Director for Computing and Computational Sciences Jeff Nichols.

ORAU and ORNL have announced winners in the first-ever High Performance Computing Grants competition. Pictured L to R, front row are grant winners Oleg Zikanov from the University of Michigan, Dearborn; Jesse Ziebarth and Yongmei Wang from the University of Memphis; Shaikh Ahmed from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; and Ming Ye from Florida State University. Pictured L to R, back row are ORAU Board Chair Win Phillips, Interim ORAU President Homer Fisher, ORAU Council Chair Sandra Degen and Deputy Associate ORNL Lab Director for Computing and Computational Sciences Jeff Nichols.

The grantees are:

Proposals were chosen based on their scientific significance, alignment with ORNL’s cross-cutting science agenda, alignment with their institutions’ research goals, faculty-student approach, and the qualifications of the faculty members.

The first grants in this program have been awarded at a time when ORNL has reached a major computing milestone—petascale computing on the order of 1,000 trillion calculations per second with its newly upgraded “Jaguar” supercomputer. With this kind of computational capability, university researchers can now achieve scientific discovery that previously might not have been possible.

“With ORAU’s access to thousands of university researchers through our consortium, and ORNL’s significant investments in its user facilities, this grant arrangement offers great promise,” said Interim ORAU President Homer Fisher. “The funding that ORAU is providing helps enable outstanding university researchers from ORAU member institutions to have access to ORNL’s staff and impressive supercomputing capabilities here in Oak Ridge to significantly advance their research endeavors.”

“These grant recipients are among the first researchers in the world to have access to petascale supercomputing capabilities,” said ORNL Director Thom Mason. “We look forward to the scientific discoveries that will emerge from the work that they and others do at ORNL. Thanks to ORAU for funding this fantastic program.”

These university researchers and their student team members will be able to engage in research at ORNL as early as this summer.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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