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Oak Ridge leads DOE INCITE effort in 2008
Date:1/17/2008

ner-burning, more efficient engines; and research that will contribute to fusion energy projects such as the multinational ITER reactor.

Climate scientists will also have a major presence among the 2008 recipients. Leading researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and other institutions will continue to advance tools that predict climate change with unprecedented accuracy. Other projects are delving into the role of ocean currents in regulating climate, the relationship between carbon dioxide and abrupt climate change, and the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide underground.

This INCITE grant will allow DOE and its partner National Science Foundation to advance the state of climate and earth system models, improve the horizontal and vertical resolution of the models, and explore further the causes of present and future climate change including various future energy policy strategies such as new low-carbon-emission scenarios, said Warren Washington, who heads the NCAR team.

The program will continue to reflect the critical research role played by American industry.

We're extremely happy to be able to pursue our research on ORNLs leadership-class systems, said Jihui Yang, a General Motors researcher whose team is exploring materials at the nanoscale, searching for ways to convert a vehicles waste heat into usable electricity. This allocation will greatly advance our efforts to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and promote American energy independence.

Besides the General Motors effort, physicists from the Boeing Company will continue using the systems for creating next-generation tools for designing aircraft, and physicists from General Atomics will continue their examination of turbulence in fusion reactors.

The 2008 allocations reflect an aggressive program of upgrades to the Cray XT4 Jaguar supercomputer, which is in the midst of the second of two major upgrades in a year. When the
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Contact: Leo Williams
williamsjl2@ornl.gov
865-574-8891
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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