If you wish to submit a production project you need to have (in pdf format):

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

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

The next deadline for submission of production proposals is October 19, 2018 at 18 CEST!

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.

Resources

Principal investigators can only apply for resources on the hybrid Cray XC50. All mandatory items have to be performed on the GPU partition of Piz Daint with no exception. Access to the multicore partition shall be granted only upon Scientific Advisory Committee's recommendation.

If you do not have access to that partition please contact projectoffice(at)cscs.ch.

The production projects should involve highly parallel and scalable simulations. We expect that you state the number of nodes on which your jobs will run. CSCS will give preference to projects that involve highly scalable codes and GPUs usage.

Production project proposals, which need 1 Mio node hours or more have to apply under the PRACE Tier-0 calls, where applications for Piz Daint need a proven usage of GPUs otherwise any other  European systems available in the calls should be chosen.

Project Proposal Format

The project proposal should be no longer than10 A4 pages including graphs and references, and must contain the following information:

  • Abstract
  • Background and significance
  • Scientific goals and objectives
  • Description of the research methods, algorithms, and code parallelization approach (including memory requirements)
  • Representative benchmarks and scaling
  • Performance analysis (click here to see how to do it)
  • Resource justification (annual node hours and disk space)
  • Project plans: tasks and milestones
  • Visualization, pre- and post-processing needs
  • Previous results are mandatory! Please list allocations requested, granted and used in your previous project (if applicable)
  • Research publications that resulted from these allocations
  • Development and debugging requirements (not mandatory)
  • 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.

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

A full template of the technical description of the proposal can be found here »

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

The documents that need to be submitted are:

  • Project Proposal (pdf format)
  • Curriculum Vitae (pdf format)
  • Publication List (pdf format)

VERY IMPORTANT:  If you do not have representative benchmarks and data to justify the resource request you need to apply for a Preparatory Project, which allows you to port your code, to test it, and to collect all the information necessary for a Production Project Proposal.

Please do not submit one proposal for multiple projects. It is mandatory to submit one proposal per project, even if those projects are related via the same code or suites of codes.

Please be aware that proposals rejected in previous calls cannot be resubmitted!

Small Production Projects

These projects can only apply for resources up to 36'000 node hours

The project proposal should be no longer than 5A4 pages including graphs and references, and must contain the following information:

  • Short Abstract
  • Scientific goals and objectives
  • Description of the research methods, codes to be used, and parallelization approach (including memory requirements)
  • Short Resource request (not to exceed the 36k limit)
  • CV and Publication List (in pdf format)

Small projects are not reviewed scientifically but only technically by CSCS experts. Once they pass the technical assessment they can be granted.

PIs and their research group can only submit ONE such project proposal per year! Additionally, such projects cannot use more than the granted allocation and can only have 1 year duration. PIs or members of the PI's group with ongoing large production projects cannot apply for small production projects. PIs or members of the PIs' group submitting large production proposals cannot apply for a small one.

We allow a max 5 accounts per small project.

Small production 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.

Review Process

Small production proposals (< 36'000 node hours)

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

 Large production proposals (> 36'000 and < 1 Mio node hours)

The review process is structured as follows:

  • Complete proposals will be subjected to a technical feasibility assessment
  • Complete proposals will be subjected to scientific review which will be carried out by reviewers from an international pool
  • Based on the technical/scientific reviews a panel committee of scientific experts will rate the projects 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.

 

Fall Allocation Period:

October 1st, 2018

Spring Allocation Period:

April 1st, 2019

Fall Allocation Period:

October 1st, 2019

Deadline for Submission

May 11th, 2018 at 18:00 CESTOctober 19th, 2018 at 18:00 CEST

May 10th, 2019 at 18:00 CEST

Feasibility & Technical Feedback

29 June 201830 November 2018

28 July 2019

Scientific Feedback

13 July 2018

14 December 2018

12 July 2019

Panel Committee Meeting & Allocation Decision

September 2018March 2019September 2019

Official Letters to Proposers

Within the following 2 weeksWithin the following 2 weeks

Within the following 2 weeks

 

Renewal Reports

Please click here » for information on the renewal report.

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