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Call for Large-Scale Projects

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.

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 context.

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.

The next call will be issued at the end of July 2014.

Eligible are applications from German universities and publicly funded German research institutions, e.g., Max-Planck Society, and Helmholtz Association

The deadline for the next call will be 29 August 2014, 17:00 for the period 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015.

For further information on the application procedure for the three supercomputers, see the links in the right column or at the end of this page.

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"

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 programs.

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.

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