What is DECI?

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 very largest (Tier-0) European Supercomputers or very large allocations of CPU. DECI is a resource exchange programme where resources are provided by a subset of PRACE members and awarded via the juste retour principle. This means that projects from each contributing country will in total receive at least 70 % of the amount of resources contributed to DECI by the PI's own country but will be allocated to a machine with an architecture and set up which best matches the needs of that project. (On occasions projects may be placed on a machine within the PI's own country.) The remaining time (up to 30%) is reserved for projects from countries which are not providing resources to the call. Individual projects are limited to a maximum of 5 million machine hours (average award per project expected to be around 2.4 million machine hours).

Scope of the Tier-1 call and criteria for access

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. Limited support for helping to get codes up and running will be provided on a best effort basis from parties involved in DECI.

Eligibility for Tier-1

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.

Tier-1 Computing Resources offered in this call

Cray: Around 60 % of the DECI computing resources are available on Cray XC30 or Cray XC40 systems, equating to approximately 65 million Cray compute core hours,

Clusters: Around 40 % of the DECI computing resources are available on Intel clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors (KNC)) equating to around 45 million compute core hours.

In addition, the Lifeportal provides user-friendly, low-barrier access to well-known life science tools on the HPC cluster Abel at the University of Oslo, Norway. It is based on the Galaxy framework, and enables easy sharing of results and workflows.

Manage your data

Thanks to the collaboration with the pan-European Collaborative Data Infrastructure (EUDAT CDI), this call is open for joint project pilots which require to couple DECI Tier-1 resources and services for long-term data management and preservation. Around 1 PB (1000 TB) of storage capacity, approximately 150 TB per project awarded, is available for this call. EUDAT guarantees data storage at one or several of its sites across Europe for at least 24 months after the end of the DECI optional program grant, free of charge. Projects are invited to indicate a preferred EUDAT site.

How to apply to DECI-14

Applicants should apply to DECI via our submission tool here https://deci-peer-review.cines.fr/. The DECI support team is available to answer questions by email while the call is open and applicants are encouraged to contact us 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 21 November 2016, at 17:00 CEST.


For any queries related to applications or eligibility please contact: deci-support (at) prace-ri.eu.