HPC Access - Learn step by step how to apply for free computing time

A cooperation of TU Darmstadt
and RWTH Aachen University

If you are already familiar with the process and only need the templates for project description or final report, here you go:

Sample project applications:

Sample documents final/status report:

This is how you get access to computing time

Step by Step

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Step 1: Am I on the right track?

Yes, if…

  • you want to apply for computing time
  • you are a scientist with a doctoral degree who belongs to a German accredited university
  • you work within the scope of the approved projects, you can also use the computers as a non-doctoral scientist

Not sure? Contact us!

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Step 2: How much computing time do I need? 

Normal projects are up to 12.0 Mio. core-h per year, GPUs in Aachen: max. 2 Mio. core-h, GPUs in Darmstadt: max. 1 Mio Core-h

A continuous application is possible, but you should pay attention to the reviewing process at step 7.

Large projects are from 12.0 Mio. core-h per year up to 50 Mio. core-h per year, GPUs in Aachen: max. 4 Mio. core-h, GPUs in Darmstadt: 2 Mio. Core-h. You can apply four times a year.

The PREP-projects have a maximum duration of six months and are for example for porting applications or scalability analysis. Here, a continuous application is also possible.

NHR-Starter projects are intended for applicants without experience with the application procedure for resource use of high performance computing. Your application will be assigned to one of the NHR centers, from where you will receive advice, and limited HPC resources for use for one year.

Please write us, if you are not sure!

 

Links for registration: Please select NHR4CES@RWTH or NHR4CES@TUDa

Apply for NHR starter projects

Apply for PREP-projects

Apply for normal projects

Apply for large projects

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Step 3: Write a detailed project description 

Please write a detailed project description and use the following sample project applications:

The usage of the templates is mandatory. Applications that do not use the required templates for the project description might be rejected. The project description must not exceed 10 pages (font 11pt).

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Step 4: Complete the electronic webform

Please fill out the sections of the online application form carefully – incomplete information may lead to a significant cutback of resources or even to the rejection of the proposal.

Please note that (besides the technical information regarding the planned simulations) all computing time applications that have been submitted to German computing centers within the last 3 years have to be listed in the electronic webform, regardless of whether their content is similar to the current proposal or not.

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Step 5: Upload your documents and finalize the application

Please upload your project description in the section “Upload files”. It will be uploaded to the web server as part of the electronic questionnaire in pdf. Completeness and verifiability of these specifications will be considered during the assessment process. Missing information will lead to a reduction of granted computing time and possibly to the rejection of the proposal.

If you wish to add supplementary information to your project description (e.g. articles that are not yet published), please compile it in another pdf file and upload it as part of the supplementary material.

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Step 6: Sign and send us your application

With the finalization of your project application a form is created. The PI of the project has to sign this form and you have to upload it to JARDS.

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Step 7: And now? Time for reviewing!

Normal NHR projects will get an initial quota after the technical review. This quota will be increased once the proposal has received two positive scientific reviews. The final granting decision will be made in conjunction with the decisions about NHR Large projects by a NHR4CES panel  (meets quarterly). Thus, a belated decrease of resources is possible.

Independent national and international experts assess each proposal for computing time. According to regulations of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) the NHR4CES Resource Allocation Board (RAB) determines detailed scientific and technical criteria for the assessment of proposals for computing time.

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Step 8: Don’t forget the acknowledgements!

Papers, presentations, and other publications containing results obtained on the supercomputers that are part of the NHR4CES systems must include proper acknowledgements. The wording of the acknowledgement depends on the system used within the NHR4CES. Please chose the appropriate text from the list below.

NHR4CES projects on Lichtenberg II

The authors gratefully acknowledge the computing time provided to them at the NHR Center NHR4CES at TU Darmstadt (project number p0020XXX). This is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the state governments participating on the basis of the resolutions of the GWK for national high performance computing at universities (www.nhr-verein.de/unsere-partner).

NHR4CES projects on CLAIX

The authors gratefully acknowledge the computing time provided to them at the NHR Center NHR4CES at RWTH Aachen University (project number p0020XXX). This is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and the state governments participating on the basis of the resolutions of the GWK for national high performance computing at universities (www.nhr-verein.de/unsere-partner).

After the successful application phase, you have one year to use your computing time and advance your research. And if you're not done, you can write a status report and request a project extension.

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Step 9: Write a final/status report

Now you have two options: You can finish your project and write a mandatory final report. The report is due three months after the end of the allocation period.

If you want to extend your project and use more computing time, please write a status report.

Please use for both report the following sample documents for your final/status report (pdf, word, LaTeX).

The report must not exceed 2 pages (font 11pt). Please upload your final/status report and the publications to JARDS.

Furthermore, the principal investigator of the project is obligated to provide contributions and information for the public reports in the context of NHR4CES upon request.