Gauss Call #9 for Large-Scale Projects
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Gauss Call #9 for Large-Scale Projects
see also: Current call as PDF (http://www.gauss-centre.eu/datapool/page
Large-scale projects and highly scalable parallel applications are
characterised by large computing time requirements, not only for short
time frames, but often for longer time periods. Projects are classified
as Large-Scale , if they require, in general, more than 2% of the
potentially available core cycles for GCS in one year on a member
centre s high-end system, i.e.
* more than 36 Mill. core-hours per year at JSC (IBM Blue Gene/Q),
* more than 20 Mill. core-hours per year at LRZ (IBM iDataPlex
* more than 16 Mill. core-hours per year at HLRS (Cray HERMIT Step
For these large-scale projects a competitive review and resource
allocation process is established by the GCS. Requests for resources
below these limits will be accepted by the individual member centres.
Requests above these limits will be handed over to GCS, handled
according to the joint procedures, and will be reviewed in a national
A "Call for Large-Scale Projects" is published by the Gauss Centre
twice a year. Dates for closure of calls are usually at the end of
winter and at the end of summer of each year.
Eligible are applications from German universities and publicly funded
German research institutions, e.g., Max-Planck Society, and Helmholtz
The deadline for the current call is: 28 February 2013, 17:00.
Answering the Call
Leading, ground-breaking projects should deal with complex, demanding,
innovative simulations that would not be possible without the GCS
infrastructure, and which can benefit from the exceptional resources
provided by GCS.
Application for a large-scale project should be performed by filling in
the appropriate electronic application form that can be accessed from
the GCS web page
"Computing Time" (http://www.gauss-centre.eu/computing-time)
Note that the regular application forms of the GCS member centres can
be reached from there, and users are required to choose a centre that
provides the architecture and software most appropriate for their
The proposals for large-scale projects will be first reviewed with
respect to their technical feasibility. Afterwards, they will be
peer-reviewed for a comparative scientific evaluation. On the basis of
this evaluation by a GCS committee the projects will be approved for a
period of one year and given their allocations. A project with a
running large-scale grant on one of the centres or targeting multiple
GCS platforms must clearly indicate and justify this as part of the
Criteria for decision
Applications for compute resources are evaluated only according to
their scientific excellence.
* The proposed scientific tasks must be scientifically challenging,
and their treatment must be of substantial interest.
* Clear scientific goals and verifiable milestones on the way to
reach these goals must be specified.
* The implementation of the project must be technically feasible on
the available computing systems, and must be in reasonable
proportion to the performance characteristics of these systems.
* The Principal Investigator must have a proven scientific record,
and she/he must be able to successfully accomplish the proposed
tasks. In particular, applicants must possess the necessary
specialized know-how for the effective use of high-end computing
systems. This has to be proven in the application for compute
resources, e.g. by presenting work done on smaller computing
system, scaling studies etc.
* The specific features of the high-end computers should be optimally
exploited by the program implementations. This will be checked
regularly during the course of the project.
Application for Large-Scale Projects for SuperMUC
Project applications for SuperMUC may be submitted by any scientist
qualified in his or her respective field of research. Computing
resources are allocated on the basis of independent referees' reports.
Apart from the scientific relevance of the project, an important
criterion for the allocation of computing resources is that the project
can make efficient use of the computer and use a large number of
processors in parallel for the simulations.
Please, first prepare a detailed project description that you will have
to upload to the electronic questionnaire as a pdf file. Follow the
guidelines) about form, content and size of the project description.
Take particular care that
* the estimate of the applied computing time is verifiable by the
* a plot is supplied that shows the scalability of the program under
realistic production conditions, and that
* you provide information on computing projects and applications for
computing time you have with other supercomputing centres.
If you wish to add supplemental material to the project description
(unpublished manuscripts etc.), please collect that in a second
pdf-file. Also this file you will have to upload to the electronic
Please fill in the electronic questionnnaire completely and attach the
project description and - if necessary - the supplemental material as
* Electronic questionnaire (https://pound.zam.kfa-juelich.de/
lrz_projekt/) (open 30 January- 28 February 2013, 17:00)
* Show, change, print electronic questionnaire (https://
Please make sure that your data are complete and check them. Finally,
please print the application form and send a signed paper copy to :
GCS Large-Scale Projects
c/o NIC Coordination office
Juelich Supercomputing Centre
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