Rapid allocation of time on Blue Waters for the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation

2018 Call for Proposals submissions are due November 30, 2018!

Dear Blue Waters Community,

The NSF has approved an extension for the Blue Waters to continue operating until December 19, 2019. This extension provides additional nine months of operation and the NCSA Blue Waters team has allocated to the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) an additional 2.7 million node hours—equivalent to approximately 86 million core hours as part of the Blue Waters project. This allocation provides the GLCPC member institutions with an opportunity to advance their programs in computation, data, and visualization intensive research and education. This Call For Proposals (CFP) describes the process for submitting a proposal to the GLCPC Allocations Committee for allocations on the Blue Waters system. Details on the Blue Waters system can be found at https://bluewaters.ncsa.illinois.edu/blue-waters.

We are seeking proposals that focus on the systems scale and unique capabilities. Thus, projects that could be completed on one of the other NSF sponsored systems as part of the current XSEDE program are not encouraged for GLCPC Blue Waters allocations.

The GLCPC is seeking innovative proposals that fall into four categories:

  1. Scaling studies: The scaling of codes which will operate efficiently on large numbers of parallel processors presents a number of challenges. Therefore, projects of particular interest include those that optimize and/or scale community codes to very large scales. Examples include scaling of multilevel parallel applications (MPI+OpenMP), accelerators (CUDA, OpenACC or OpenCL), I/O and data-intensive applications, or novel communication topologies.
  2. Multi-GLCPC-institutional projects addressing focused scientific projects. An example might be a Great Lakes Ecosystems Modeling initiative (Digital Great Lakes).
  3. Proposals for applications well-suited for the Blue Waters system architecture.
  4. Proposals from non-traditional and underserved communities.

The GLCPC Allocations Committee anticipates 3-8 projects/allocations; consequently, the smallest project is expected to be approximately 320,000 node hours (~5 million core hours), which is roughly the same as dedicated use of a 4-core, 1,280-node cluster. We note that applications at this scale will require development efforts as well as different phases, such as: tuning and development; some smaller runs; large "production runs"; and then post processing; but, all will be at scales beyond other available large resources. GLCPC allocation proposals will be accepted through midnight EST November 30, 2018. The proposal review process is expected to be complete by December 15, 2018. Allocations awarded through GLCPC will be available for use beginning December 2018 and will expire on December 19, 2019. Users will have to transfer their data from Blue Waters back to their campuses by December 19, 2019. A data management plan describing data transfer off of Blue Waters is required.

To make your allocation request, please submit a written proposal, not to exceed three pages (in PDF format) to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=glcpc2018cfp.

Eligibility: Only Principal Investigators affiliated with an institutional member of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation are eligible to submit a GLCPC allocations proposal. Access to the Blue Waters system will be governed by the Blue Waters Terms of Use. Questions about this CFP should be addressed to [email protected].

Reporting requirements: GLCPC Blue Waters allocations awardees will be responsible for reporting on their progress in utilizing their allocations and describing the impact that access to the Blue Waters system has made on their research. An interim report—six months into allocation period—and a final report will be required.

Renewal requests: Previous awardees of GLCPC allocations on the Blue Waters system are eligible to make renewal requests but must clearly demonstrate significant progress in using the previous year's allocation and clearly describe the new research that will be made possible by an additional Blue Waters allocation.

Proposal content (not to exceed three pages)

Additional required documents (not included in three-page proposal limit)