Princeton researchers win 2013 DOE INCITE awards

Nov. 19, 2012

Princeton University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory researchers Emily Carter,  Choong-Seock Chang, William Tang and  Jeroen Tromp are among the recipients of the Department of Energy’s 2013 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) multi-year awards totaling 265 million core hours on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray XK7 “Titan” and Argonne National Laboratory’s IBM Blue Gene/Q “Mira”.  “Titan” is currently the world’s fastest supercomputer with 17.59 petaflops and over a quarter of a million NVIDIA K20x accelerator cores.


Emily CarterEmily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Applied and Computational Mathematics, will use the 25M  core-allocation on “Titan” to enable her project entitled “Ab Initio Simulations of Carrier Transport in Organic and Inorganic Nanosystems”. Her collaborator is Lin-Wang Wang of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Carter is an associated faculty with the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE).



C. S. ChangChoong-Seock Chang, Head of SciDAC-3 Center for Edge Physics Simulation for Plasma Fusion and a Principal Research Physicist at PPPL was awarded 100M core-hours on “Titan” to work on his project “High-Fidelity Simulation of Tokamak Edge Plasma Transport”. His co-investigators include Jan Hesthaven, Brown University, Scott Klasky, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Scott Parker, University of Colorado.




William TangWilliam Tang, PPPL’s Head of the Fusion Simulation Program and lecturer with the rank of Professor in Astrophysical Sciences won 40M processor hours on “Mira” for the project “Kinetic Simulations of Fusion Energy Dynamics at the Extreme Scale”. His co-investigators are  Mark Adams, Columbia University, Stephane Ethier, PPPL, Khaled Ibrahim, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Scott Klasky, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Bruce Scott, Rechenzentrum Garching, Bei Wang, Princeton University/PPPL and Weixing Wang, PPPL. Tang is a member of the PICSciE Executive Committee.



Jeroen Tromp Jeroen Tromp, Professor of Geosciences, Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Blair Professor of Geology was awarded 100M core-hours on “Titan” to enable “Global Seismic Tomography Based on Spectral-Element and Adjoint Methods”. His co-investigator is Olaf Schenk with the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Tromp is also the current director of PICSciE.





More information about the 2013 DOE INCITE awards can be found at

Photo credits:
E. Carter photo by Denise Applewhite
C.S. Chang, W. Tang and J. Tromp photos by Elle Starkman.