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Second call for class A applications


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Posted on 30 June 2006

Class A applications will typically be submitted by consortia concerned with "Grand Challenge" problems, and are expected to yield high-impact scientific publications. These groups will require resources representing a substantial fraction of the centre’s resources over a long period. As such, we only anticipate supporting a total of 7 such projects over the lifetime of the service.

Applicants considering applying for a Class A project are expected to have a good knowledge of the characteristics of the code(s) which they intend to use – such as scalability properties – before writing their proposal. For this reason, applicants who are not in such a position are advised to first apply for Class C access in order to undertake a basic scalability and performance study. Such an exercise is essential to provide an accurate estimate and a proper justification of the resources requested. If you intend to use packages supported by ICHEC, you may contact us via the helpdesk as we can assist you in this task.

Key characteristics of Class A project:

  • Maximum duration: 24 months
  • IBM 1350 cluster (Walton)
    • Compute resources: up to 650,000 CPU hours
    • Storage resources: up to 500 GB
  • Bull NS6320 shared memory (Hamilton)
    • Compute resources: up to 40,000 CPU hours
    • Storage resources: 100 GB

Applications will be peer-reviewed to international standards and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 12 weeks of the closing date. The deadline for class A applications is Tuesday 1st August 2006, 6pm.

Five Class A applications have been received following the first call, two of which have been accepted. See the Research page for further details.

Further information is available about the Full National Service, the Application guidelines and the Eligibility criteria.

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