Computing Time on National Computer Facilities

Computing time on National Computer Facilities is a funding scheme that grants researchers and research groups access to the national advanced computational facilities HPC Cloud, Lisa compute cluster, Cartesius supercomputer (or successor), Data Processing (Grid/Spider) and/or Custom Cloud Solutions.

Purpose

Advanced computer systems are used for technical-scientific research in which massive calculation problems have to be solved. In the Netherlands several national computer systems are available at and managed by SURFsara: the HPC Cloud, the national compute cluster Lisa, the Cartesius supercomputer, Data Processing infrastructure (Grid, Spider) and Custom Cloud Solutions. The funding scheme Computing Time on National Computer Facilities grants access to these national computer systems. 

Who can apply

Researchers from the following organisations may apply:

  • Universities established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
  • University Medical Centres;
  • NWO and KNAW institutes;
  • Dutch universities of applied sciences;
  • the Netherlands Cancer Institute;
  • the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen;
  • the DUBBLE beam line at the ESRF in Grenoble;
  • the Princess Máxima Centre for paediatric oncology;
  • NCB Naturalis;
  • the institutes participating in the SURF Cooperative: KNMI, RIVM, TNO, the National Archives, the National Library, University of Humanistic Studies and the Police Academy.

What to apply for

NWO Science accepts applications for access to the advanced National Computer Facilities.

This call concerns applications for large amounts of computing time:

  • more than 50,000 SBU on HPC Cloud and/or more than 2 TB online storage;
  • more than 100,000 SBU Custom Cloud Solutions and/or more than 2 TB online storage;
  • more than 100,000 SBU on cluster Lisa;
  • more than 500,000 SBU on supercomputer Cartesius (or successor) (CPU and/or GPU) and/or more than 50 TB project space and/or more than 50 TB offline storage;
  • more than 500,000 SBU Data Processing (Grid) and/or more than 200 TB online storage and/or more than 300 TB offline storage.

For smaller amounts (up to 50.000 SBU on HPC Cloud, up to 100.000 SBU Custom Cloud Solutions, up to 100.000 SBU on Lisa, up to 500.000 SBU on Cartesius, and up to 500.000 SBU Data Processing), applications for access to these computer systems can be made directly to SURF, through:  https://surf.nl/en/research (see compute services).

The Computing Time on National Computer Facilities programme distinguishes between the following types of application:

  • Individual applications;
  • Group applications;
  • Dutch Computer Challenge Projects (DCCP) applications;
  • Continued applications.

More information about these types of applications can be found in the call for proposals attached to this page. 

When to apply

  • Applications can be submitted at any time. There are no deadlines.

Assessment

Criteria

Applications will be assessed by reference to the following criteria:

  • Project organization;
  • Scientific aspects of the project;
  • Necessity of access to the computer facilities.

More information about these criteria can be found in the call for proposals attached to this page.

Procedure

Applications will be assessed based on a technical advice and, in some cases also on independent scientific reviews. The applicant will have the opportunity to respond to the technical advice and any review reports in a rebuttal. The application, technical advice, any review reports, and if applicable a report of a previous project, will be assessed by the committee WGS. The WGS advises the Board of NWO Domain Science on granting access to the national computer facilities.
More information about the procedure can be found in the call for proposals attached to this page.

For more information about the Committee for the Scientific Use of Supercomputers, see the NWO website 

More information

For more information on the available computer systems, you are directed to the website of SURF.

For small amounts of computing time, applications for access to the above mentioned computer systems can be made directly to SURFsara, through: https://surf.nl/en/research (see compute services).

 

Details

Status

Open for application

Deadline

Continuous application

Grant type

Big Facilities

Budget

402.7 million SBU computing time and 53,951 TB data storage.

Science area

Social Sciences and Humanities WOTRO Science for Global Development NWO-wide Applied and Engineering Sciences Medical Sciences Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek Netherlands Initiative for Education Research NWO Institutes Organisation Netherlands e-Science Center (NLeSC) Exact and Natural Sciences

Programme

Computing Time National Computing Facilities

Objective

Research (2019-2022)

Partners

SURFsara

Contact

Dr. Barbara van der Sar-Reumer Dr. Barbara van der Sar-Reumer +31 (0)70 3494602 rekentijd@nwo.nl