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Call for Proposals 2008

DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative - Call for proposals 2008

The purpose of the DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative (DECI) is to enhance the impact of the DEISA research infrastructure on leading European science and technology.

This initiative consists of the identification, enabling, deploying and operating "flagship" applications in selected areas of science and technology. These leading, ground breaking applications must deal with complex, demanding, innovative simulations that would not be possible without the DEISA infrastructure, and which would benefit from the exceptional resources of the Consortium.

The DECI focuses on porting "Grand Challenge" applications to one or more of the DEISA HPC platforms, plus offers application enabling work, wherein the applications are wrapped to seamlessly exploit DEISA's Grid infrastructure. The DEISA Infrastructure is therefore able to provide sustained application enabling support to specific projects and to be deeply involved in the design of leading and innovative complex simulations.

Projects supported by DECI will be chosen on the basis of innovation potential, scientific excellence and relevance criteria. A priority will be given to proposals that benefit from an excellence label from more than one partner organisation. Further, proposals from PIs that have yet to benefit from DECI compute resources will be given preference.

Applications profiles supported by DECI 

The following applications profiles are particularly suited to the DECI

  • Large, highly scalable parallel applications requiring exceptional computational resources
  • Data intensive applications requiring access to distributed data repositories
  • Workflow Simulations managing simulation chains that access more than one computing platform
  • Distributed applications that need to run on more than one platform


As mentioned above, DEISA provides support to the design and enabling of these applications. In some cases, this support can entail a medium term commitment of human resources for the application design and enabling work (i.e. an engineer for several months).

Support to the Initiative

In order to facilitate the identification and the support and design of new leading applications adapted to DEISA, the Consortium has a so-called 'Applications Task Force' (ATASKF). This Task Force is constituted by a number of experts in high performance and Grid computing from each of the different DEISA member organisations.

The objective of the Applications Task Force is to carry out a prospective action with the European scientific community to support the design of new, leading applications. Scientists willing to benefit from the DEISA infrastructure should contact the Applications Task Force in advance to obtain the guidance needed to find the best fit between their requirements and the distributed supercomputing

Call for proposals 

The 4th DECI call for proposals will close on June 30, 2008.

Answering to the Call

The way to proceed to answer to the call is the following:


The proposals will first be technically evaluated by the Applications Task Force, who will determine the technical requirements, the allocation of computational resources and the human resources required for the long term application enabling. The scientific evaluation of the proposals will be done by a number of National Scientific Evaluation Committees in early September, and they will provide recommendations to the Consortium on the proposals' scientific importance.

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