PRACE-ICEI Calls for Proposals

06 Mar 2020

The PRACE-ICEI calls for proposals are for researchers from academia and research institutes in need of scalable computing resources, interactive computing services, Virtual Machine services and data storage to carry on their research. The resources in these calls are from the Fenix Research Infrastructure. Full details on the calls can be found at: https://prace-ri.eu/hpc-access/collaborative-calls/prace-icei-calls-for-proposals/

Submission dates

Quarterly calls (if resources are still available):

  • Call #1: 3-31 March 2020

        To start computing 1st June 2020

  • Call #2: 1-30 June 2020

        To start computing 1st September 2020

  • Call #3: 1-30 September 2020

        To start computing 1st December 2020

Dates for calls in 2021 will be announced later in 2020.

The allocations are limited to 12 months.

Who can Apply

The PRACE ICEI program is open to all researchers, research organisations needing resource allocations regardless of funding sources.

You are eligible to apply for the call for proposals only if you need:

  • Scalable computing services
  • Interactive computing services
  • Virtual Machine services
  • Archival data repository
  • Active data repository

The minimum request depends on the system of interest as reported in the table of available resources here.

With respect to the maximum request, applicants are encouraged not to exceed 20% of the available resources.

Applicants may apply for the present resources in addition to resources offered on Tier-0 systems (PRACE Project Access) or on Tier-1 systems that mainly target large scalable computing services. Applicants are hence strongly encouraged to apply for multiple services offered by the present call (scalable, interactive computing, and data) and make their case for the need of these complementary services.

Available Resources

The full list of resources can be found at: https://prace-ri.eu/hpc-access/collaborative-calls/prace-icei-calls-for-proposals/#AvailableResources. While the resources at ETH Zurich/CSCS are already available, other resources will only become available from the start of 2020. Consequently, some of the information might be slightly updated in the future.

PRACE ICEI Proposal Requirements

  • Short description of the scientific goals and objectives
  • Type of resources required, i.e. scalable computing resource, interactive computing resources, VM services, archival and active data repositories
  • Resources requests based on limits defined above
  • Description of the software and services needed to successfully complete the project
  • Description of the research methods, algorithms, and code parallelization approach (including memory requirements)
  • Description of special needs (if any)

 

Reviewing Process

A Review Panel established by PRACE composed by up to 8/10 well-known scientists (they can be different for each calls) shall discuss the scientific merit of the proposals with the support of a technical team and decides which proposal should be granted based on the criteria listed below.

Review Criteria

Soundness of the Methodology and tools: Does the request describe appropriate tools, methods, and approaches for addressing the research objectives?

Appropriateness of the Research Plan: Is the research plan appropriate to achieve the scientific goals described in the proposal? Has the applicant properly estimated the resources?

Appropriateness of the Project Timeline: Has the applicant estimated the right number of simulations to achieve the goals in the given time?

Significance of the Proposed Research: Is the proposed work supported by a grant or grants that have undergone review for intellectual merit and/or broader impact. What is the scientific impact? Proposals explicitly requesting multiple services (scalable, interactive, storage) will be favoured.

Technical assessment: Software availability on the requested resource. The codes necessary for the project must already be available on the system requested, or in case of codes developed by the applicants, they must have been sufficiently tested for efficiency, scalability (if applicable), and suitability. Feasibility of the requested resource. The requested system(s) must be suitable for the proposed project.

How to Submit

To submit proposals, fill the application form available here and send it by email to icei-calls@prace-ri.eu.

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