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XSEDE awards $17M in NSF computing resources

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The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), a five-year project supported by the US National Science Foundation, has awarded 324 million computing hours, valued at $16.2 million, to 150 research projects throughout the US.

The $121-million XSEDE project is a collection of integrated digital resources and services presented in a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. XSEDE currently supports 16 supercomputers and high-end visualisation and data analysis resources across the USA.

These awards for allocation will support fascinating investigations ranging from molecular bioscience and astronomy to studies in various fields of the humanities. The awardees have access to XSEDE-allocated resources and services like supercomputers and extended collaborative support services (ECSS).

The total time requested was significantly higher than the 324 million hours allocated, totalling 917 million computing hours, but panel review and resource limitations restricted the final resource allocation. The allocation of resources was decided at the quarterly XSEDE Resource Allocations Committee (XRAC) review, held in March. 

To apply for an allocation of XSEDE resources and services, requests can be made to XRAC. The committee aims to help organise and review requests and recommend allocation amounts for XSEDE resources and services.