The Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program (SciDAC) operated by the
Department of Energy Office of Science is now in its fifth year. This unique program has
brought together computational scientists, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists
from across application domains and from universities and national laboratories across the
United States. As a result, the computational state-of-the-art in many fields has advanced
significantly, and the program has enabled studies that we could only dream about in the past.
On top of this, a new infrastructure is developing for scientific advances at the
TeraScale and beyond.
SciDAC 2006 will bring together up to three hundred researchers to highlight specific
advances made in many research domains. Through invited talks and invited posters,
they will offer a sample of the many highlights we have witnessed in the SciDAC program.
SciDAC 2006 will also be a general celebration of computational science, both within
the SciDAC program and worldwide. We will bring together computational scientists from
different nations, agencies, programs, and application domains to highlight recent
advances in computational science in important areas: from understanding our universe
on its largest and smallest scales, to understanding Earth's climate change and its
ramifications for humankind, to developing new energy sources.
Finally, we hope SciDAC 2006 will offer a unique venue for fruitful discussions of
the future of computational science, both within the SciDAC program and in general,
as we move forward.