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January 1, 2005

In conjunction with demonstrations at the SC2004 conference last November, Osni Marques and Tony Drummond of CRD’s Scientific Computing Group created a matrix of applications that use ACTS tools. Marques and Drummond provide support for the DOE ACTS (Advanced CompuTational Software) Collection, a set of software tools developed by DOE, sometimes in collaboration with other agencies (DARPA, NSF), that make it easier for programmers to write high performance scientific applications for parallel computers.

The purpose of the matrix is to present a summary of the utilization of ACTS tools in important scientific and engineering applications from an international pool of users. The goal is to showcase not only the benefits from the use of robust and widely used soft- ware tools, but also to provide guidance on how software tools work in different application areas. Please see http://acts.nersc.gov/MatApps for more information.

The ACTS project team has also prepared a CD containing information about the tools currently available in ACTS. The CD contains copies of the tutorials and talks presented at the Fifth ACTS Collection Workshop held at LBNL on August 24-27, 2004, the matrix of applications that use ACTS tools referred to above, and more. To receive a copy of this CD and learn more about what is going on with ACTS, send an e-mail to acts- support@nersc.gov with your name and mailing address.

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