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ICHEC Mail #48

Posted: 2013-02-27

Dear ICHEC users,

1. An Extra Incentive to Apply for PRACE Resources
2. Updated tutorials: Intel-cc & MKL
3. Molecular Dynamics Packages Updates: NAMD v2.9 and Gromacs v4.6
4. Application Templates: docx/tex/pages
5. ICHEC @ BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013 Report

1 An Extra Incentive to Apply for PRACE Resources
ICHEC invites all interested scientists, whose projects fit the criteria of the
PRACE calls (see below) to submit their projects. The criteria for the PRACE
calls as well as complete information on the PRACE machines, how to apply and
on the PRACE peer review process can be found at: http://www.prace-ri.eu/

ICHEC would also like to announce an extra incentive for scientists to apply
for Tier-0 resources. All successful applicants will be awarded an additional
10% of their core hours allocation (normalisation factors will be applied) on
the national systems capped at a maximum of 4M core hours. Access to these
national resources will start by August 2013 and finish on the 31st December
2014. These additional resources will facilitate researchers to carry out
pre- and post-processing of data that would otherwise not be available within
a PRACE award.

I would invite PIs interested to contact me directly (martin.peters@ichec.ie)
with any queries you may have.

Note, additional resources will not be provided to successful PRACE preparatory
access or DECI applicants.

PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is a Research
Infrastructure that allows researchers from across Europe to apply for time on
high-performance computers from a series of hosting nations via a central peer
review process.

PRACE 7th Project Access Call
The PRACE 7th Project Access Call for Proposals is now open from February 13
to March 26.

The entire PRACE Tier-0 Research Infrastructure is available:
JUQUEEN (GCS@J├╝lich, Germany)
MareNostrum (BSC, Spain)
SuperMUC (GCS@LRZ, Germany)

Allocations will be for 1 year starting from early September, 2013 intended
to individual researchers as well as multi-national research groups, asking
for resources on a single or multiple machines.

The 7th Call is open to academia and industry under specific mandatory
conditions including that access is devoted solely for open R&D research
purposes. Please carefully check the full eligibility criteria listed in the
text of the call for proposals.

All applications whether submitted by academia or by commercial companies will
be evaluated against the highest peer-review standards. Applications must
demonstrate scientific excellence, include elements of novelty, transformative
aspects and have a recognised scientific impact.

The PRACE 7th Call for Proposals can be found on the PRACE website:

It will be closed on March 26, noon (12:00 CET Brussels time).
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! No late submission is receivable.

Keep in mind the following important dates related to this Call:
Opening date: February 13, 2013
Closing date: March 26, 12:00 CET noon - Brussels time
Allocation for 12 months
Starting date of awarded proposals: September 3, 2012
For any queries related to applications please contact:

PRACE Preparatory Access Call for Tier-0
Preparatory access is intended for testing and developing codes in order to
prepare applications for PRACE Tier-0 project access. In particular, we would
like to draw your attention to the Preparatory Access Type C which includes
code development with support from PRACE experts. Further information are given
on the PRACE web page:


The Preparatory Access Call is a rolling call, researchers can apply for access
all year. There are no closing dates, proposals will be reviewed every third
month. The next cutoff date is March 1st, 2013, 11:00 CET.

2 Updated tutorials: Intel-cc & MKL

ICHEC highly recommends the use of the Intel compiler and the Math Kernel
Library (MKL). The default module of both of these have recently been updated to
intel-cc/2013.0.079 and intel-mkl/ respectively. To assist users to
efficiently use these versions we've updated our tutorials:


3 Molecular Dynamics Packages Updates: NAMD v2.9 and Gromacs v4.6

Scientific packages are continually been updated and the Molecular Dynamics
community is no different. NAMD v2.9 has recently been installed on Stokes while
Gromacs v4.6 with native GPGPU support was installed on Stoney. More details of
these packages can be found here:


4 Application Templates: docx/tex/pages

Users planning on submitting class A or B applications in the coming months
should be advised that application templates are now available in a range of
formats: docx, tex, and pages. They can be download from the following links:


To avoid delays we recommend that users follow these guidelines when writing
new proposals. The template provides examples of application scaling graphs,
a requested core hour breakdown table and workplan graphics that should be
used. On request from our science council, all new applications will also
require PIs to provide short biographies plus a description of prior use of
HPC resources.

If you have any questions ahead of submitting a class A or B application
please contact me directly (martin.peters@ichec.ie) to discuss your proposal
ahead of submission.

5 ICHEC @ BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2013

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition was a huge success for ICHEC with
over 200 schools visiting the ICHEC stand to understand the utility of
supercomputering. Students and teachers attended from schools all across Ireland
including Donegal, Cork, Kerry, Galway, Dublin, and Antrim. More details and
photos of the event can be seen here:



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Dr. Martin Peters
User support Activity Leader

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