Recent HPC Calls

This page contains information about specific calls for computing time or additional funding of HPC projects.

CallDeadline/Dates

Normal Projects on SuperMUC

Proposals up to 35 Mio Core-hours are directly handled by LRZ and the SuperMUC Steering Committee.

Use the electronic application forms: https://www.lrz.de/services/compute/supermuc/projectproposal/

continously accepted

17th Call for GCS Large-Scale Projects

Call for Large-Scale Projects

 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.

The current 17th call will be open

               January 23th to February 20th 2017, 17:00 o’clock CET (strict deadline)

Eligible are applications from German universities and publicly funded German research institutions, e.g., Max-Planck Society, and Helmholtz Association. Researchers from outside Germany may apply through PRACE (http://www.prace-ri.eu/call-announcements/). Researchers from outside Germany may apply through PRACE (http://www.prace-ri.eu/call-announcements/).

Supercomputing at the leading edge

The Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) provides computing power and services of the highest performance class for computational sciences and engineering at its three member sites in Garching (Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, LRZ), Jülich (Jülich Supercomputing Centre, JSC), and Stuttgart (High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, HLRS). To ensure a most efficient utilisation of these highly valuable resources, GCS provides its users with world-leading support, education, and dissemination of best practices and methods in simulation science. GCS aims, in particular, at innovative and scientifically challenging large-scale projects that cannot be carried out within smaller infrastructures. Such projects will also benefit most from the existing successful support structures within the GCS and from their continuous synchronisation and optimization.

State-of-the-art systems

The GCS offers a highest-level computing and networking infrastructure.

  • At JSC an IBM Blue Gene/Q system JUQUEEN with about 5.9 PetaFlop/s peak performance is available for highly scalable applications. JUQUEEN is expected to be shut down by the end of March 2018 due to a system change. Therefore, the system is expected to be available for eleven months.
  • LRZ’s SuperMUC System provides two system partitions, which share the same programming environment and file systems. Phase 1, an IBM System X iDataPlex consisting of 155,656 cores delivers a peak performance of 3.2 Petaflop/s. Phase 2, an IBM/Lenovo NeXtScale WCT system delivers an additional peak performance of 3.6 Petaflop/s with 86,016 cores.
  • HLRS offers its Cray System Hazel Hen, an XC40 based on Intel Processors and the Aries interconnect, with 7.4 PetaFlop/s peak performance. The architectures of these machines are complementary and can accommodate a broad spectrum of applications.

The systems within the GCS are continuously upgraded in a round robin fashion.

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 35 million core-hours or more per year. For these large-scale projects a competitive review and resource allocation process is established by the GCS. Requests above this limit will be processed according to joint procedures of the GCS and will be reviewed in a national context. Requests below this limit and requests for test projects will be directly processed by the individual member centres.

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 

       http://www.gauss-centre.eu/large-scale-application

Please use the template for the project description of your GCS large-scale application which can be reached from the above web page and are provided in pdf, docx, and LaTeX format.

Note that also the regular application forms of the GCS member centres can be reached from there.

 Please note:

  • Projects with a running large-scale grant must clearly indicate and justify this.
  • Projects targeting multiple GCS platforms must clearly indicate and justify this.
  • Projects applying for an extension must clearly indicate the differences to the previous applications in the project description and must have submitted their reports of the previous application.
  • Accepted large-scale projects must fulfil their reporting obligations.
  • Project descriptions must not exceed 25 pages.
  • Grants from or applications to all German computing centres and PRACE have to be reported in the online application forms.

 The proposals for large-scale projects will be reviewed with respect to their technical feasibility and 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.

Criteria for decision

Applications for compute resources are evaluated only according to their scientific excellence and technical feasibility.

  • 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.

Further help:

For further help please contact the member sites via http://www.gauss-centre.eu/contacts
or directly LRZ Support via http://www.lrz.de/services/compute/supermuc/contact_support/

A PDF document of the call ist avail at: http://www.lrz.de/services/compute/supermuc/calls/GaussCall17.pdf

Feb 20th, 2016

KONWIHR-IV-Förderprogramm

Kompetenznetzwerk für wissenschaftliches Höchstleistungsrechnen in Bayern

Simulationssoftware für Multi-/Manycore-Systeme

Mit dem SuperMUC am LRZ in Garching und dem EMMY-Cluster am RRZE in Erlangen stehen den bayerischen Wissenschaftlern Höchstleistungsrechner der obersten Leistungsklassen zur Verfügung. Die effiziente Nutzung dieser hochparallelen Systeme erfordert die Anpassung bestehender und die Entwicklung neuer skalierbarer Simulationsprogramme. Um diese Arbeiten effizient und nachhaltig zu gestalten, müssen moderne Prinzipien des Software Engineering und Performance Engineering eingesetzt werden. Eine enge Kooperation zwischen Anwendungswissenschaften, Informatik und HPC-Spezialisten ist daher heute die grundlegende Voraussetzung für konkurrenzfähige, hoch parallele Simulationsprogramme. Der aktuelle Wandel hin zu Manycore-Prozessoren sorgt zusätzlich dafür, dass diese Anforderungen für einen immer breiteren Kreis von Anwendern bis hin zur Nutzung von Desktopsystemen gelten werden.

Ziel des Förderprogramms ist es, Wissenschaftler in Bayern bei der Entwicklung und Portierung ihrer numerischen Anwendungen auf modernen, (hoch) parallelen Rechnerarchitekturen zu unterstützen. Die Projektförderung umfasst die Bereitstellung von Personalmitteln und den Zugriff auf die ausgewiesene HPC-Kompetenz der beteiligten Rechenzentren.

Förderfähige Maßnahmen

Folgende typische Aufgabengebiete werden als förderungsfähig im Rahmen der vorliegenden Ausschreibung erachtet:

  • Optimierung und Parallelisierung bestehender Simulationsprogramme
  • Entwicklung und Implementierung neuer paralleler  Simulationscodes unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Multi- und Manycore-Prozessoren
  • Evaluierung neuer Rechnerarchitekturen wie GPGPUs oder Intel MIC und Parallelisierungsansätze (hybrid MPI+X, PGAS)
  • Entwicklung, Evaluierung und Implementierung neuer numerischer Methoden, speziell auch für Multicore CPUs
  • Analyse von Einzelprozessor-Performance, Kommunikationsverhalten und paralleler Skalierung mit professionellen Werkzeugen
  • Anpassung von Softwarepaketen: Evaluierung geeigneter Rechnersysteme, Compiler, Bibliotheken; Verbesserung von Restart- und I/O-Fähigkeiten;
  • Integration der Systeme am LRZ oder RRZE in Work-flows
  • Analyse der verwendeten Löser und Algorithmen und Test möglicher Alternativen
  • Entwicklung energieeffizienter Simulationscodes

Antragsverfahren und Förderumfang

Gefördert werden Projekte an bayerischen Hochschulen mit einer Dauer von bis zu zwölf Monaten. Die Förderung bemisst sich an der Dauer des Vorhabens und kann maximal 50.000 Euro pro Projekt betragen. Die Projekte sind in enger Kooperation mit einem der beiden Rechenzentren durchzuführen. Insbesondere bei Kurzprojekten soll der geförderte Projektmitarbeiter einen längeren Zeitraum (etwa 50% der Projektdauer) an einem der beiden Zentren verbringen und dort seine programm­nahen Arbeiten durchführen und dabei direkt auf die Hilfe der dortigen Wissenschaftler zurückgreifen können.

KONWIHR bietet drei Fördervolumen:

  • 8.000 Euro / zwei Monate (Antrag wird direkt vom Rechenzentrum geprüft)
    Hier reicht ein ca. 2-seitiger Projektantrag 
  • 25.000 Euro / sechs Monate (zwei externe Gutachter)
    Der Projektantrag sollte hier ca. 5-6 Seiten umfassen. 
  • 50.000 Euro / zwölf Monate (drei externe Gutachter)
    Hier sollte der Projektantrag maximal 10 Seiten umfassen 

Vor der Antragstellung wird eine Kontaktaufnahme mit einem der beiden Rechenzentren dringend empfohlen, damit die Verfügbarkeit von Mitarbeitern und Spe­zialwissen sichergestellt ist. Anträge sind vom federführenden Wissenschaftler einzureichen und werden von Direktorium und Beirat des KONWIHR-IV begutachtet.

Der Antrag soll das Projekt beschrieben und insbesondere die durchzuführenden Arbeiten konkret auflisten. Zusätzlich zum Projektantrag wird noch ein Formular mit allgemeinen Angaben benötigt, bitte verwenden Sie die Vorlage in dieser Text-Datei. Projektanträge können in halbjährlichem Turnus (jeweils zum 1.3. und 1.9.) per email am besten direkt an meyerm+konwihr@in.tum.de gesendet werden, oder bei den beiden KONWIHR-Geschäftsstellen eingereicht werden.

KONWIHR-Geschäftsstellen und Ansprechpartner an den Rechenzentren 

Bereich Süd

Prof. Dr. Arndt Bode 
c/o LRR I10
Technische Universität München   
Boltzmannstraße 3 
85748 Garching b. München
Tel. +49-89-289-17654
E-Mail: bode@in.tum.de

Dr. Matthias Brehm
Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ)
Boltzmannstraße 1
85748 Garching b. München
Tel. +49-89-35831-8773
E-Mail: brehm@lrz.de

Bereich Nord

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wellein
c/o RRZE
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Martensstraße 1
91058 Erlangen
Tel. +49-9131-85-28136
E-Mail: konwihr@rrze.uni-erlangen.de

Dr. Thomas Zeiser
Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen (RRZE)
Martensstraße 1
91058 Erlangen
Tel. +49-9131-85-28737
E-Mail: thomas.zeiser@rrze.uni-erlangen.de

Einen Flyer zu diesem Förderprogramm finden Sie unter: http://www.lrz.de/services/compute/supermuc/calls/Flyer_Softwareinitiative_Konwihr III.pdf

twice a year
(March 1st, September 1st)

PRACE Calls

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, encourages researchers from across Europe to apply for access to its world class resources for research with potential high European and international impact. PRACE resources are available through three forms of access:

  • Programme Access
  • Project Access
  • Preparatory Access.

Programme Access is available to major European projects or infrastructures that can benefit from PRACE resources and for which Project Access is not appropriate.

Project Access is intended for individual researchers and research groups including multi-national research groups and has a one year duration. Calls for Proposals for Project Access are issued twice yearly (May and November).

Preparatory Access is intended for resource use required to prepare proposals for Project Access. Applications for Preparatory Access are accepted at any time.

Programme and Project Access are subject to a PRACE peer review process. This process includes a technical evaluation seeking to assure that the proposed use of PRACE resources is both feasible and efficient, followed by a scientific peer review. The scientific peer review is conducted by European experts in the field of the application for PRACE resources. The Peer Review process, managed by PRACE staff, is overseen by the PRACE Scientific Steering Committee composed of leading European scientists appointed by the PRACE Council.

Preparatory Access requests are only subject to a technical evaluation.

For more information and application forms see: http://www.prace-project.eu/Call-Announcements

Programme and Project Access:
twice a year

Preparatory Access:
Continously open