Regularly, our users express the need for a more flexible environment with tailor-made software packages, interactive data analysis tools, workflow portals, data visualization, or specific pre-and post-processing packages.
Our VSC Cloud component meets these requests by enabling ‘on-demand’ resources in a more flexible and cloud-like manner. Based on OpenStack, VSC Cloud offers Infrastructure as a Service capability for power users that can deploy resources such as virtual machines and storage systems, and adapt these to their scientific use case. The VSC Cloud component also offers a number of high-level services through a ready-to-use catalog of templates that makes it easy to set up databases or web servers.
Project access Tier-1 Cloud
Researchers at universities, the Flemish SOCs, and the Flemish public knowledge institutions can apply for Tier-1 Cloud resources. The designated way to get access to the Tier-1 for research purposes is through a project application. Applicants do not have to pay a contribution to the cost of resources.
The proposal should include a realistic estimate of the resources needed in the project in your application.
You can submit proposals continuously, but they will be gathered, evaluated and resources allocated at a number of cut-off dates.
There are 3 cut-off dates in 2022:
February 7, 2022
June 7, 2022
October 3, 2022
Proposals submitted since the last cut-off and before each of these dates are reviewed together.
The evaluation commission is responsible for the review of the applications, which have to be of outstanding quality.
The preferred language for the proposals in English.
More information and the application form for 2022 can be found in the links below.
If you need help to fill out the application, please consult your local support team via this page
Tier-1 Cloud starting grant
If you want to apply for a Tier-1 Cloud project and you want to prepare for this application, we offer you the opportunity of a free trial of the Tier-1 Cloud resources via a Tier-1 Cloud Starting grant.
This is the procedure to apply and grant the request for a Tier-1 Cloud Starting grant:
Download the application form for a starting grant version 2022.
Send the completed application by e-mail to the Tier-1 Cloud contact address (email@example.com), with your local VSC coordinator in cc.
The request will be judged for its validity by the Tier-1 coordinator.
After approval the Tier-1 coordinator will give you access and compute time.
If not approved, you will get an answer with a motivation for the decision.