NCI has announced a mid-year call for applications for processor time and related data storage on under the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS).
The new Fujitsu Primergy, named raijin, will be available for Q3 taking computational resources to four facilities:
- the NCI National Facility (http://nf.nci.org.au)
- the Specialised Facility in Bioinformatics (http://ncisf.qfab.org) and
- the VLSCI Peak Computing Facility (www.vlsci.org.au)
- the MASSIVE Facility (www.massive.org.au)
Note that this is a call for applications for new projects. It is not intended to increase current grants for Q3 and Q4.
The closing date for applications is Monday, June 3 2013.
The Call for Applications at ncmas.nci.org.au/applications provides additional background and information about the NC Merit Allocation Scheme.
Under the NCMAS, resources are allocated to researchers on merit through a process which assesses applications on their research quality and computational requirements and needs. Access under the NCMAS is provided for by Commonwealth (NCRIS) funding and presently researchers provided with resources under this scheme are not charged by NCI for the services provided. For the second half of 2013, the value of these resources is approximately $0.04 per core hour, an amount which can be stated as an in-kind contribution to research granting bodies (e.g., ARC, NHMRC).