Special Resources and Projects - Services for Research
Special Resources and Projects
If the computing or storage resources offered by CSC are not sufficient for your needs, there are a number of options to turn to.
CSC's resource allocation
The CSC's computing and data storing resources are allocated by the CSC Resource Allocation Group. The CSC Resource Allocation Group accepts applications from researchers continuously and holds meetings mainly every three weeks.
CSC Grand Challenge project calls
The CSC Grand Challenge calls are aimed at scientific research projects that require computational resources exceeding CSC's standard project resources. Grand Challenge Projects also provide a possibility to request a higher priority.
The maximum amount of resources granted is 25 million billing units per project, and the resources allocated have to be consumed within a year.
The proposals go through a technical and a scientific evaluation by CSC's Scientific Customer Panel, which also gives feedback on CSC's services for research in general.
PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe webpage) offers additional Tier-1 and Tier-0 level resources for both the academia and industry under specific conditions.
While Tier-1 is comparable to what is available through CSC, the Tier-0 systems provide leadership class resources to the most computationally demanding projects on Europe's fastest supercomputing systems.
DECI (Tier-1) calls
The Distributed European Computing Initiative (DECI) is designed for projects requiring access to resources not currently available in the PI's own country but where those projects do not require resources on the most powerful (Tier-0) European supercomputers or extensive allocations of CPU.
Europe's fastest supercomputers (Tier-0)
Computing resources on PRACE Tier-0 systems presented on PRACE page are granted through a peer review process based on scientific excellence and technical assessment. Currently, the minimum quotas are of the order of a million node hours and scalability preferably up to approximately 10 000 cores has to be demonstrated.
CSC is pleased to offer consultation in preparing applications. If you are considering submitting a Tier-0 proposal, please contact Development Manager Jussi Heikonen (firstname.lastname@example.org).