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Tier-1 Compute

Tier1 Infrastructure

Project access Tier-1

The application

Researchers at universities, the Flemish SOCs and the Flemish public knowledge institutions can apply for Tier-1 compute time. 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 in the cost of compute time and storage. This procedure is not applicable for industry.

The proposal should include a realistic estimate of the compute time needed in the project in your application. These estimations can best be endorsed by Tier-1 benchmarks. To be able to perform these tests for new codes, you can request a starting grant through a short and quick procedure.

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 2021:

  • February 1, 2021

  • June 7, 2021

  • October 4, 2021

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. Because of the international composition of the evaluation commission, the preferred language for the proposals is English. If a proposal is in Dutch, you must also send an English translation. Please have a look at the documentation of standard terms like: CPU, core, node-hour, memory, storage, and use these consistently in the proposal.

The adjusted Regulations for 2021 can be found in the links below.

If you need help to fill out the application, please consult your local support team.

Tier-1 starting grant

We offer you the opportunity of a free trial of the Tier-1 to prepare a future regular Tier-1 project application. You can test if your software runs well on the Tier-1 and do the scalability tests that are required for a project application.

If you want to check if buying compute time on our infrastructure is an option, we offer a very similar free programme for a test ride.

Characteristics of a Starting Grant ​

  • The maximum amount is 500 k core hours and 1000 GPU hours.

  • The maximal allowed period to use the compute time is 4 months.

  • The allocation is personal and can't be transferred or shared with other researchers.

  • Requests can be done at any time, there are no cutoff days.

  • The use of this compute time is free of charge.

Procedure to apply and grant the request ​

  1. Download the application form for a starting grant version 2021. (PDF, 104 KB)

  2. Send the completed application by e-mail to the Tier-1 contact address (compute@vscentrum.be), with your local VSC coordinator in cc.

  3. The request will be judged for its validity by the Tier-1 coordinator.

  4. After approval the Tier-1 coordinator will give you access and compute time.

  5. If not approved, you will get an answer with a motivation for the decision.

  6. The granted requests are published on the VSC website. Therefore you need to provide a short abstract in the application. ​


Tier-1 collaborative grant

We offer consortiums of research groups the opportunity to apply for a Collaborative Grant. This grant is aimed to stimulate collaboration between research groups in different research institutions. Characteristics of a Collaborative Grant ​

  • A Collaborative Grant is awarded for a maximum capacity of 10 Mcore-hours and/or 75 kGPU-hours.

  • The maximum period for use of the allocated computing time is twelve months.

  • A Collaborative Grant can only be applied for by a consortium of at least three research groups from different Public Research Institutions with a clearly defined common research topic.

  • Collaborative Grant applications can be submitted on a rolling basis.

Procedure to apply and grant the request

  1. Download the application form for a collaborative grant version 2021. (PDF, 15 KB)

  2. Send the completed application by e-mail to the Tier-1 contact address (compute@vscentrum.be), with your local VSC coordinator in cc.

  3. This Application shall in particular clarify why it is crucial for the consortium to apply for a Collaborative Grant and the proposed common research work cannot be carried out via one or more regular Applications.

  4. The application is assessed for validity by the VSC operational team.

  5. After approval, the operational manager of the respective Tier-1 compute partition grants access and computing time to the Researcher.

  6. If the application is not approved, an answer with justification of the decision is sent to the Applicant.

  7. The granted requests are published on the VSC website and in the annual report. Therefore, you need to provide a short abstract in the application.