The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre


Supercomputing for Energy and Resources Research: 2016 Merit Allocation Call

This call for supercomputing proposals is dedicated to Energy and Resources research. It is an opportunity to explore and expand your research on the most advanced supercomputer in Australia. If you are interested in using supercomputing resources for research in 2016, apply now to have access for January – December 2016. The Energy and Resources Scheme call is open from 14th September until 23rd October. There are 38 million core hours available in this call.

Energy and Resources research is a priority area for the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and is allocated up to 20% of Magnus compute resources. Using the processing power of supercomputers enables research at a larger scale, higher resolution, with more complex models and/or the application of multiscale modelling. Energy examples include generation, storage and distribution. Resources examples include exploration, minerals extraction and processing, groundwater, and waste management. For guidance on what research qualifies as Energy and Resources, please see the Australian Government Science Priorities list.

Pawsey’s petascale supercomputer, Magnus, is available for allocations through the current call. Magnus supports capability-scale computational-research. It is a Cray XC40 system, with 1,488 compute nodes (35,712 cores) 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:

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 should confirm their software can run effectively on Magnus, and provide detailed justification/benchmarks of how they have estimated their compute-time requirements.

Pawsey is offering a technical pre-submission check for proposals. 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 should email a request to in advance of 2nd October.

In addition, the Energy and Resources Scheme will have a mid-year call for allocations to run from July 2016 – June 2017. This call will take place in Quarter 2 of 2016. More detailed information about PAwsey Merit Allocation Schemes is available on the Pawsey User Portal at

Download a brochure with detailed information hereFor assistance with your application or for any other enquiries, please contact the Pawsey Helpdesk at

Important Notes for Applicants:

  • To access Magnus to inform proposal preparation, submit a request to before the 28th September.
  • Applicants from Pawsey Partner institutions may be eligible for multiple schemes. Applications that do not receive their full allocation from the NCMAS or Energy and Resources Schemes, will also be considered for top-up in the Pawsey Partner Scheme, where eligible.
  • Use of Pawsey infrastructure is conditional on complying with relevant laws and export controls, including:

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