The available tier-1 machines are:
IBM Blue Gene/Q, Cray XE/XC, and a range of large clusters including GPU resources made available from Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Turkey and United Kingdom.
DECI provides single project cross-national access to European Tier-1 resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 1st Nov 2013. Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XE, Cray XC30, IBM Blue Gene/Q, Intel and Clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators). Applicants need not specify a particular machine or architecture, but if they do, PRACE-3IP will endeavour to take these preferences into account.
DECI enables European researchers to obtain access to the most powerful national (Tier-1) computing resources in Europe regardless of their country of origin or employment and to enhance the impact of European science and technology at the highest level. Proposals must deal with complex, demanding, innovative simulations that would not be possible without Tier-1 access. In addition to offering access to computing resources, applications-enabling and porting, assistance from experts at the leading European HPC centres is offered - on request and depending on availability - to enable projects to be run on the most appropriate Tier-1 platforms in PRACE. PRACE-3IP anticipates accepting around 40 proposals for DECI-11.
Proposals from academia and industry are eligible, as long as the project leader is undertaking non-proprietary research in a European country (European Union, candidates, associated countries and PRACE member countries). Project leaders will typically be employed in research organisations (academic or industrial). Individual HPC centres may have further restrictions on who is eligible to use the machines, e.g. due to US export rules. Further information is available on request.
Around 53% of the total DECI resource (equating to 33 million cluster compute core hours) is available on this class of architecture. In addition to the above some systems are presently under procurement: For example, there will be a petascale machine based on Intel, IvyBridge architecture with more that 3 times the throughput of the present machine (HECToR) in Edinburgh, UK.
Applicants should apply to DECI via the submission tool. The DECI support team is available to answer questions by e-mail while the call is open and applicants are encouraged to contact PRACE-3IP if they have any questions. Late applications cannot be accepted. In the case of technical difficulties, the decision of the DECI Peer Review Team as to whether an application can be accepted is final. Applicants are advised to submit as early as possible before the deadline. The deadline for submission of proposals for Tier-1 systems is 10th June, 2013, at 12:00 CEST.
The DECI Peer Review Team will perform an administrative validation check. In case of administrative inaccuracies the applicant will receive an e-mail asking for administrative details. The deadline for the applicant to provide such details is 17th June 2013 at 12:00 CEST. Anything received after 17th June 2013 at 12:00 CEST will NOT be accepted nor considered in the review process. Between 10th June 2013 - 17th June 2013 the DECI Peer Review Team will accept modified proposals only when these supply further details in reply to requests from PRACE.
Several submissions of the same proposal before the submission deadline are permitted, but only the last one will be considered. By 12:00 CEST on 17th June 2013, all applicants will receive confirmation that their proposals have been correctly submitted and that they meet the eligibility criteria. From 17th June the projects will be technically and scientifically peer reviewed. The DECI proposals will be peer-reviewed by national peer-review panels. The applicants will be informed of the review results in early October 2013.