The HECToR Service is now closed and has been superceded by ARCHER.

6th DECI Call for Proposals now open

DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative Call for Proposals now open, Submission Deadline: 16th February 2010

The DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative, or DECI, is an excellent way to gain access to a large amount of HPC cycles, for projects which are too large to run on a single National Resource.

Last year's call saw eight UK DECI projects granted a total of over 10 million hours on a variety of platforms spread across Europe. Indeed, the DECI not only gives you cycles but man power is also available to help you exploit the DEISA infrastructure.

DEISA, or the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications, consists of 11 HPC Centres across Europe, providing a pan-European Grid of HPC resources. HPCx has been a platform within DEISA for the last 4 1/2 years and HECToR joined DEISA in May, 2008, although it is worth noting that UK projects will be assigned machines based outwith the UK.

The DECI is a scheme through which European computational scientists can apply for single-project access to world-leading computational resources in the European HPC infrastructure, operated by DEISA, for a period of up to 10 months. DECI aims to enable European researchers to obtain access to the most powerful national computing resources in Europe, regardless of their country of origin or work and to enhance DEISA's impact on European science and technology at the highest level.

Projects supported by DECI will be chosen on the basis of innovation potential, scientific excellence and relevance criteria. Priority will be given to proposals that promote collaborative research, either at a cross- national or cross-disciplinary level. Further, proposals from PIs that have yet to benefit from DECI compute and applications enabling resources may be given preference. Proposals selected under this call will be given access to the infrastructure for applications enabling from 1st July 2010 and for production runs from 1st October 2010 to 30th April 2011.

The following applications profiles are particularly suited to the DECI:

  • Large, highly scalable parallel applications requiring exceptional computational resources
  • Data intensive applications requiring access to distributed data repositories
  • Workflow Simulations managing simulation chains that access more than one computing platform
  • Distributed applications that need to run on more than one platform

DEISA can provide applications enabling support (typically up to several months) for the enabling and optimisation of these applications.

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