Call for Proposals for DECI-14 (Tier-1)

Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources from DECI-14 (Tier-1)

14 October 2016

DECI provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning 3 April 2017. Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XC30/Cray XC40, Intel clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors (KNC)) made available from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the 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-14 call is managed by the PRACE Optional Programme with support from PRACE aisbl. This call is issued 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 the DECI call.

  • Opening date: 14 October 2016, 12:00 CEST
  • Closing date: 21 November 2016, 17:00 CET
  • Allocation start date: 03 April 2017
  • 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 (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.

More information about the EUDAT infrastructure, the services catalogue and interoperability use cases is available at:

How to apply to DECI-14

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 November 2016, at 17:00 CET.

Process details and deadlines for Tier-1 DECI proposals

The call will close at 17:00 CET on 21 November 2016. 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 November 2016 at 17:00 CET. Anything received after 28 November 2016 17:00 CET will NOT be accepted nor considered in the review process. Between 21 November 2016 and 28 November 2016 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 CET on 28 November 2016, all applicants will receive confirmation that their proposals have been correctly submitted and that they meet the eligibility criteria. From 28 November 2016 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 late March 2017.

Timetable for DECI 14th Call for Project Access proposals

Opening date: 14 October 2016, 12:00 CEST

Closing date: 21 November 2016, 17:00 CET

Anticipated allocation decisions: 27 March 2017

Allocation start date of awarded proposals: 3 April 2017

Allocation end date of award: 2 April 2018


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


The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided by 5 PRACE members (BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France). The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement RI-312763 and from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (2014-2020) under grant agreement 653838.

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