These projects are meant for work on codes and algorithms.

Projects of more than 36'000 node hours are granted based on scientific merit and technical feasibility. Development Projects of less than 36'000 node hours on the Cray XC50 will be admitted based on technical evaluation only.

Development projects on systems other than Crays will be discussed case by case.

Development Project Submission

If you wish to submit a Large Development Project Proposal you need to have (in pdf format):

  • Your development project proposal including all the mandatory items listed below
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Your list of publications  

The  portal for the proposal submission is: projectoffice.cscs.ch

The next deadline for submission of production proposals has been is October 18, 2019 at 17 CEST!

If you wish to submit a Small Development Project Proposal please submit your proposal together with the CV and the publication list (all in pdf format) on the web portal projectoffice.cscs.ch

Small Development Project Proposal can also be submitted at any time and are not restricted by any deadline.

Who can apply?

Proposers must hold at least the position of post-doc within their institution.

PhD students CANNOT apply on their own, but instead must do so in consultation with, and under the auspices of, their supervisor. In such cases the supervisor should be identified as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project.

International applications will be accepted only if use of GPUs is clearly proved and supported by all technical data.

Project Proposal Format

Small projects (< 36'000 node hours on the Cray XC50, from 6 months up to 1 year; proposal up to 5 A4 pages)

  • Brief statement of your goals
  • Brief description of research method
  • Outline of development
    • Current status of software, benchmarks and scaling
    • Algorithms and implementation (clear description of the algorithm development is required)
    • Programming and parallelization approach
    • Milestones
  • Infrastructural requirements (type of hardware, debuggers, etc.)

The allocations of small development projects on other CSCS systems are discussed case by case. Small development projects can only ask for up to 5TB of storage.

Please note that the same research group can submit ONLY ONE small development project per year! PIs or members of the PIs' group submitting a large development project cannot apply for a small one.

We allow a max 5 accounts per small project.

Small development projects have to be submitted (together with the CV and the publication list all in pdf format) via the web portal projectoffice.cscs.ch in the "Small Project Submission" call.

The proposal description applies also if you are interested in Piz Daint, Cray XC40, Manycore and  TavéCray XC40, Iron Compute (KNL). However, this is 1 cabinet system therefore the resources available are very limited (that is the 36'000 node hours maximum will not apply).

Large projects (> 36'000 and < 1 Mio node hours per year, up to 3 years; proposal up to 10 A4 pages)

  • Intended applications: Outline of background and significance
  • Intended applications: Scientific goals and objectives
  • Description of research methods and algorithm development
  • Outline of development
    • Current status of software, benchmarks and scaling
    • Algorithms and implementation (clear description of the algorithm development is required)
    • Programming and parallelization approach
    • Project plans: tasks and milestones
  • Resource justification
  • Infrastructural requirements (type of hardware, debuggers, etc.)
  • Duration of the project (up to 3 years)
  • You can suggest up to two scientific peer reviewers (indicate name, affiliation and contact) and ask to exclude up to 2 reviewers via an email to projectoffice(at)cscs.ch or alternatively to mgg(at)cscs.ch.

The allocation requested must be per year, that is you need to provide the total number of node hours required for the first year of your project.

Professors can submit multi-year proposals up to three years. In this case milestones of the development to be achieved at the end of every year must be clearly described such that they can be assessed by the Panel at time of renewal.

Please note that lack of any of the mandatory parts may result in rejection of the proposal.

Review Process

Small development projects (< 36'000 node hours)

  • Complete proposals will be assessed by technical evaluation. Technically reasonable proposals will be accepted within two months from submission

Large development projects (> 36'000 and < 1 Mio node hours)

  • Complete proposals will be subjected to technical feasibility assessment
  • Technically feasible proposals will be passed forward to scientific review, conducted by reviewers from an international pool
  • Based on technical and scientific reviews a panel committee of scientific experts will rate the proposals and make a final allocation recommendation

Applicants do not receive intermediate feedbacks, the communication will only happen within 2-3 weeks from the SAC meeting.

Deadlines

There are two allocation periods for Production Projects and Large Development Projects on CSCS HPC systems starting on: April 1st and October 1st.

Deadlines »

Renewal Reports

Please click here » for information on the renewal report.

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