Mid-year calls are now open for supercomputing time at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre during July 2015 – June 2016. If you are interested in using supercomputing resources for your research in 2015 – 2016, please consider applying.
The 2015 mid-year Merit Allocation calls are for the following schemes:
- Geosciences Merit Allocation Scheme – supports geosciences-focused research projects from across Australia. There are 48 million core hours available in this call.
- Pawsey Partner Merit Allocation Scheme – supports the whole range of computational research in Pawsey Partner institutions. There are 58 million core hours available in this call.
Applicants from a Pawsey Partner institution, writing a proposal that is eligible to be considered in the Geosciences Scheme, should submit their application to the Geosciences Scheme in order to maximise their opportunities. If unsuccessful or partially successful (in the Geosciences Scheme), such applications are automatically considered in the Pawsey Partner scheme.
Pawsey’s petascale supercomputer, Magnus, is available for allocations through the current calls. Magnus supports capability-scale computational-research. It is a Cray XC40 system, with 1,488 compute nodes using the latest generation of Intel Xeon ‘Haswell’ CPUs, linked by the Cray Aries interconnect. Further details of the Pawsey supercomputers are available on the Pawsey Portal at https://portal.pawsey.org.au/docs/Supercomputers/System_Descriptions.
As a guide, we anticipate requests to be in the order of 1-10 million core hours, although smaller (and larger) requests will be considered. Applicants must confirm their software can run effectively on Magnus, and provide detailed justification of how they have estimated their compute-time requirements. If you would like access to Magnus, during proposal preparation – for example, to gather application runtime and performance information, to support your proposal – you should submit a request for a Director’s Allocation through the Allocation Portal as soon as possible.
To assist the process, applicants are kindly requested to note the project id for any related allocations they have held (or hold) on Pawsey resources during 2014 and 2015.
For this round, Pawsey will be piloting a pre-submission check for researchers who complete their applications by 16th April. Upon request, Pawsey supercomputing staff will check an application, highlighting any potential omissions or errors they identify, plus suggesting changes that may improve the technical assessment for the proposal. Project leaders who wish to take advantage of this pre-submission check, should email a request to email@example.com in advance of 16th April, noting the URL of the application from the Pawsey Allocation Portal.
Use of Pawsey infrastructure is conditional on complying with relevant laws and export controls, including:
- Australian Defence Trade Controls Act https://exportcontrols.govspace.gov.au/
- United National Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regimes and the Australian autonomous sanctions regimes http://www.dfat.gov.au/sanctions/
- U.S. Export Controls http://www.state.gov/strategictrade/overview/
For assistance with your application or for any other enquiries, please contact the Pawsey Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.