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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 in total at least 35 million core-hours per year on the GCS member centre's high-end systems.

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.

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

Current call of 23 January 2017:  17th Call for Large-Scale Projects (PDF, 86 kB)

The current call covers the period 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2018.
The deadline to answer this call will be 20 February 2017, 17:00 CET.

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.

Projects applying for an extension must clearly indicate the differences to the previous applications in the project description.

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.

Reporting obligations for accepted Large-Scale Projects

Projects which have been accepted as GCS Large-Scale Projects must provide reports on their scientific and technical outcome.

On-going projects

  1. Status/Intermediate Report
    This report is required after twelve months counting from the start date of the last allocation period of the project in case the project applies for a continuation or extension. The status report must be uploaded together with the application for a project extension/continuation as a separate file and should cover the last twelve months of the project. For details about form and content of the Intermediate Report, please see the guidelines for applications for projects on Hazel Hen, JUQUEEN, and SuperMUC.
  2. Project Report to be published on the GCS website
    For on-going projects running more than two years an interim project report needs to be submitted within three months after the second project year. It should describe briefly the scientific and technical goals/challenges and results of the project achieved so far. The report should be understandable for a broader audience without a scientific background. For details about form and content see
     Project report for publication on GCS website - instruction for authors (PDF, 636 kB) .

Completed projects

  1. Final Report
    This report is mandatory when a project is finished. The scientific and technical outcome of the project should be described. The report is due three months after the end of the allocation period (JSC, LRZ) or after having been requested to do so (HLRS). Information about the form and content of the reports can be found in the guidelines for applications for projects on Hazel Hen, JUQUEEN, and SuperMUC.
  2. Project Report to be published on the GCS website
    This report is required when a project is finished. It should discuss briefly the scientific and technical goals/challenges and results of the project understandable for a broader audience without a scientific background. The report is due three months after the end of the allocation period. For details about form and content see
     Project report for publication on GCS website - instruction for authors (PDF, 636 kB) .

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