The application

The designated way to get access to the Tier-1 for research purposes is through a project application.

You have to submit a proposal to get compute time on the Tier-1 cluster BrENIAC.

You 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 2017 :

  • February 6, 2017
  • June 5, 2017
  • October 2, 2017

Proposals submitted since the last cut-off and before each of these dates are reviewed together.

The FWO appoints an evaluation commission to do this.

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 sent 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.

You can submit you application via EasyChair using the application forms below.

Relevant documents - 2017

As was already the case for applications for computing time on the Tier-1 granted in 2016 and coming from researchers at universities, the Flemish SOCs and the Flemish public knowledge institutions, applicants do not have to pay a contribution in the cost of compute time and storage. Of course, the applications have to be of outstanding quality. The evaluation commission remains responsible for te review of the applications. For industry the price for compute time is 13 EURO per node day including VAT and for storage 15 EURO per TB per month including VAT.

The adjusted Regulations for 2017 can be found in the links below.

Relevant documents - 2016

On October 26 the Board of Directors of the Hercules foundation decided to make a major adjustment to the regulations regarding applications to use the Flemish supercomputer.

For applications for computing time on the Tier-1 granted in 2016 and coming from researchers at universities, the Flemish SOCs and the Flemish public knowledge institutions, applicants will no longer have to pay a contribution in the cost of compute time and storage. Of course, the applications have to be of outstanding quality. The evaluation commission remains responsible for te review of the applications.

For applications granted in 2015 the current pricing structure remains in place and contributions will be asked.

The adjusted Regulations for 2016 can be found in the links below.

From January 1, 2016 on the responsibility for the funding of HPC and the management of the Tier-1 has been transferred to the FWO, including all current decisions and ongoing contracts.

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

EasyChair procedure

You have to submit your proposal on EasyChair for the conference Tier12017. This requires the following steps:

  1. If you do not yet have an EasyChair account, you first have to create one:
    1. Complete the CAPTCHA
    2. Provide first name, name, e-mail address
    3. A confirmation e-mail will be sent, please follow the instructions in this e-mail (click the link)
    4. Complete the required details.
    5. When the account has been created, a link will appear to log in on the TIER1 submission page.
  2. Log in onto the EasyChair system.
  3. Select ‘New submission’.
  4. If asked, accept the EasyChair terms of service.
  5. Add one or more authors; if they have an EasyChair account, they can follow up on and/or adjust the present application.
  6. Complete the title and abstract.
  7. You must specify at least three keywords: Include the institution of the promoter of the present project and the field of research.
  8. As a paper, submit a PDF version of the completed Application form. You must submit the complete proposal, including the enclosures, as 1 single PDF file to the system.
  9. Click "Submit".
  10. EasyChair will send a confirmation e-mail to all listed authors.

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