Gauss Call No.10 for Large-Scale Projects (Deadline 30 Aug 2013)

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Call for Large-Scale Projects (Deadline 30 Aug 2013)
 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 more than 35 million core-hours for
 GCS in one year on a member centre's high-end system. 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 context.
 For these large-scale projects a competitive review and resource
 allocation process is established by the Gauss Centre for
 Supercomputing ( The Gauss Centre for
 Supercomputing (GCS) combines the three national supercomputing centres
 in Germany, High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), Juelich
 Supercomputing Centre (JSC), and Leibniz Supercomputing Centre,
 Garching (LRZ) into Germany s foremost supercomputing institution.
 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
 Association. Projects outside Germany must propose their projects
 through PRACE
 The deadline for the current call is: 30 August 2013, 17:00.
 For further information on the application procedure for the three
 supercomputers, see:
     Application for Projects on JUQUEEN (
     Application for Large-Scale Projects on SuperMUC (http://
     Application for Large-Scale Projects on HERMIT (http://
 Answering the Calll
 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"
 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 an already running large-scale grant on one of the
 centres or targeting multiple GCS platforms must clearly indicate and
 justify this as part of the application.
 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.
 If you need further information for preparing your proposal for
 SuperMUC, contact LRZ Support (

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