ANU Supercomputer Facility
Call for ANU Projects on the NCI National Facility Supercomputers for 2013
The ANU is announcing the call for projects to use the NCI National Facility supercomputer resources for 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2014. ANU encourages applications for projects (led by its staff) which have ambitious computational and data-intensive research goals, with the objective of accelerating research, encouraging new opportunities, and underpinning national collaborations that are able to take advantage of these specialised resources.
This call is for applications on the NCI National Facility Supercomputers, in particular the Sun Constellation (Vayu) or the new petascale Fujitsu Primergy System (currently under installation) at the NCI National Facility. For 2013, the ANU share is able to provide resources across a spectrum of projects - from very large-scale, established projects to smaller projects requiring modest resources.
The deadline for the call for proposals is 9am (AEDT) Monday 2 December, 2013
Allocations are determined by an expert committee established by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) to consider online applications according to two equally weighted criteria:
A call for access to NCI facilities has been issued through the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme. This is an open merit-based access scheme to provide support for nationally and internationally competitive research on the major national computational facilities.
Large applications of the order of 100kSU (1kSU ~= 1000hours) or more per quarter are strongly encouraged to also submit a proposal to the NCMAS.
ANU also wishes to encourage new projects that evaluate the potential for further computational work through a start-up scheme, supported by flexible arrangements for projects to establish their use of the NCI.
The link for new applications for projects is:
Existing projects can renew their applications at the following link:
The unit of computation time is a service unit (SU), which is one hour of wallclock time on one cpu core-hour of the computer. (Jobs get dedicated access to the cores when they are scheduled to run, hence the use of wallclock time instead of the CPU time used by the processes.)
Associated Data Storage
Additional and Future Calls for Proposals
ANU makes calls for major allocations annually. Under its share, the ANU intends to provide flexible opportunities for new projects to gain access to the facility during the year to help establish their requirements for the main allocation round.
There will be a further call for proposals as additional resources become available. In particular, NCI is currently:
In addition to the ANU share, ANU researchers have access to the NCMAS scheme, mentioned earlier in this notice, and possibly also to other shares, depending on their research collaborations, or associations with particular ARC Centres of Excellence.
For further information on how NCI (existing or future) resources could be used to assist your research, please contact Dr Ben Evans ( ), Associate Director (Research Engagement and Initiatives), NCI.