Call for Proposals for DECI-13

Types of Access: DECI

Opening Date: 14/08/2015 @ 13:36

Closing Date: 21/09/2015 @ 17:00 Brussels Time

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Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources from DECI-13 (Tier-1)

DECI provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 18 January 2016. Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XC30/Cray XC40, IBM Blue Gene/Q, Intel clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors) made available from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK. Applicants need not specify a particular machine or architecture, but if they do, we will endeavour to take these preferences into account.

The DECI-13 call is managed by the PRACE Optional Programme with support from PRACE aisbl. This call is issued as a pilot call jointly with EUDAT. Together, they offer the opportunity to make awards of compute and data resources to projects that also have needs for storage capacity and associated data services. Applicants may apply for both the DECI and EUDAT calls at the same time or may apply to just one of the calls.b

  • Opening date: 14/08/2015, 12:00 CEST
  • Closing date: 21/09/2015, 17:00 CEST
  • Allocation start date: 18/01/2016
  • Allocation period: 1 year for Project Access
  • Type of access: DECI (Tier-1)

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 for a Cray or a cluster and 15 million machine hours on a BG/Q.

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.


This call is open as a pilot call for joint DECI Tier-1 resources and EUDAT storage services, offering the possibility to couple EUDAT storage capacity to DECI HPC resources. Around 1 PB (1000 TB) storage capacity is available within the EUDAT call, for 150 TB per project awarded. EUDAT guarantees data storage at one or several of the 12 EUDAT sites 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. Applicants requesting access to EUDAT resources and services should apply for these via the EUDAT call.

More information about EUDAT:

How to apply to DECI-13

Applicants should apply to DECI via our submission tool here 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 September 2015, at 17:00 CEST.

Process details and deadlines for Tier-1 DECI proposals

The call will close at 17:00 CEST on 21 September 2015. The DECI team will perform an administrative validation check. In case of administrative inaccuracies the applicant will receive an email asking for administrative details. The deadline for the applicant to provide such details is 28 September 2015 at 17:00 CEST. Anything received after 28 September 2015 at 17:00 CEST will NOT be accepted nor considered in the review process. Between 21st September 2015 and 28 September 2015 the DECI team will accept modified proposals ONLY when these supply further details in reply to requests from DECI. Several submissions of the same proposal before the submission deadline are permitted, but only the last one will be considered. By 17:00 CEST on 28 September 2015, all applicants will receive confirmation that their proposals have been correctly submitted and that they meet the eligibility criteria. From 28 September 2015 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 December 2015.


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

Tier-1 Computing Resources offered in this call

Cray: Around 65% of the DECI computing resources are available on Cray XC30 or Cray XC40 systems, equating to approximately 55 million Cray compute core hours,

IBM Blue Gene/Q: Around 7% of the DECI computing resources are available on an IBM BG/Q system, equating to approximately 25 million Blue Gene/Q compute core hours,

Clusters: Around 28% 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) equating to around 30 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.


Reports of projects will appear here.


Results of projects will appear here.