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DEEP-EST Early Access Programme Call for Proposals

The DEEP-EST Early Access Programme (EAP) Call for proposals for Type1 Access and Type2 Access has opened on 2 January 2020. The single call for Type2 - Any Application Access actually closed on 28 February 2020. But computing time in the DEEP-EST prototype is still available to COVID-19 researchers through the Early Access Programm.The open call for Type1 – Selected Application Access will close on 15 September 2020.

The Early Access Programme (EAP) within the EU-funded DEEP-EST project provides academic and industrial users with the opportunities to access and use the DEEP-EST prototype platform. Experienced HPC and data analytic/machine learning users are invited to port/benchmark applications and evaluate the DEEP-EST hardware and software architectures deployed on the DEEP-EST prototype platform through an application for Type1 – Selected Application Access or Type2 – Any Application Access. After the completion of each project a lightweight final report is required to provide feedback.

 

Introduction on DEEP-EST Prototype Platform

Hardware
DEEP-EST’s innovative Modular Supercomputer Architecture creates a unique HPC system by coupling various compute modules according to the building-block principle. Each module is tailored to the needs of a specific group of applications, and all modules together behave as a single machine. This is guaranteed by connecting them through a high-speed network and, most importantly, operating them with a uniform system software and programming environment. This is how one application can be distributed over several modules, running each part of its code on the best suited hardware.

 

Three modules are available on the DEEP-EST Prototype Platform for EAP access, including Cluster Module (CM), Data Analytics Module (DAM) and Extreme Scale Booster (ESB). Please check the DEEP-EST prototype user guide for the latest update for the available hardware.

* Note the DEEP-EST prototype user guide will be frequently updated.

 

Software and Module Environment
A number of compilers, libraries, and tools are installed on the DEEP-EST prototype platform. For further detailed information check the DEEP-EST prototype user guide.

* Note the DEEP-EST prototype user guide will be frequently updated.

 

DEEP-EST EAP Access

There are two types of EAP access that users can apply for.

 

Type1 – Selected Application Access

A number of applications have been ported to the DEEP-EST prototype platform within the DEEP-EST project:

* Please note the application list will be frequently updated. ** CM = Cluster Module; DAM = Data Analytics Module; ESB = Extreme Scale Booster

 

Organisations Scientific Areas Applications Installation on the DEEP-EST prototype Module(s)
CM ESB DAM
NMBU Neuroscience NEST X    
Arbor   X  
NCSA Molecular Dynamics GROMACS X X X
ASTRON Radio Astronomy Imager     X
CERN High Energy Physics CMS reconstruction   X X
UoI Data analytics in Earth Science NextDBSCAN X (CM+ESB) X (CM+ESB) X (CM+DAM)
KU Leuven Space Weather xPic X (CM+ESB)  X CM
(ESB)
 
GMM  X   X
DLMOS  X   X

Table1: Applications that qualify for Type 1- Selected Application Access proposals and modules they have been ported to on the DEEP-EST prototype.

 

Applicants interested in using the applications listed in Table1 qualify for Type1 – Selected Application Access. It is an open call and proposals can be submitted any time from the opening date until 15 September 2020. Please submit the completed application proposal for Type1 – Selected Application Access using the provided template to access@deep-est.eu. 

 

Please note, despite various start dates for this access, the latest possible start date is 1 October 2020. All projects must be completed by 1 November 2020. Final reports should be completed using the provided final report template and should be submitted by 1 December 2020.

 

Call opening date January 2020
Call closing date Open call, closing at 16:00 (CEST) on 15 September 2020
Review period Within 2-3 weeks after proposal received
Decision acknowledgement Within 4 weeks after proposal received
Project start date Open, depending on the proposed start date, subject to the completion of legal documents; the latest possible start date is 1 October 2020.
Project end date 1 November 2020
Final report due 1 December 2020

 

Type2 – Any Application Access

Users for applications not included in Table1 qualify for Type2 – Any Application Access. It will provide experienced academic and industrial users the opportunity to port their own codes to the DEEP-EST prototype platform, evaluate the usability, user-friendlines, and explore different modular configurations for porting their codes to the novel hardware. The single call closed on 28 February 2020 but computing time in the DEEP-EST prototype will be still available for COVID-19 research. Please contact: access@deep-est.eu.

 

All projects must be completed by 1 November 2020. Final reports should be completed using the provided final report template and are to be submitted by 1 December 2020.

 

Call opening date January 2020
Call closing date Single call, closed on 28 February 2020 - still open for COVID-19 research!
Review period Within 2-3 weeks after closure of the call
Decision acknowledgement Within 4 weeks after closure of the call
Project start date March 2020, subject to completion of legal documents
Project end date 1 November 2020
Final report due 1 December 2020

Tutorials for EAP Users

Tutorials will be organised to provide assistance to EAP users to carry out their projects. The first online tutorial will take place in March 2020 to introduce the DEEP-EST prototype platform and how to access and use the system. An additional tutorial is planned for June 2020, which will focus on application performance analysis and tuning for all projects. All users are welcome to join the tutorials.

Computing Resources

Computing resources will be awarded to each EAP project based on individual project’s requirement, subject to further discussion and approval. Please provide appropriate justificati

Review Processes and Decision Acknowledgement

All received EAP proposals will be reviewed by the DEEP-EST team under a lightweight review process. The review period will be 2-3 weeks after the proposal was received (Type1) or closure of the call (Type2). Applicants will then be contacted for the decision acknowledgement. Applicants with successful proposals will be provided with the legal documents to sign and further guidance on how to start the awarded access.

Final reports

All EAP projects must be completed by 1 November 2020. Every project needs to complete a lightweight final report. The final reports are expected to provide a summary on the technical work done, as well as feedback on the DEEP-EST prototype platform based on users’ experiences.

Please use the appropriate templates to complete the final reports:

  • Type1 – Selected Application Access final report template.
  • Type2 – Any Application Access final report template.

The final report templates will be available soon. Final reports should be submitted to access@deep-est.eu no later than 1 December 2020.

Acknowledge DEEP-EST

DEEP-EST EAP users should acknowledge DEEP-EST in all publications that describe results obtained using DEEP-EST resources. EAP users shall use the following wording in such acknowledgement in all such papers and other publications:
“We acknowledge DEEP-EST for awarding us access to the DEEP-EST Prototype under the Early Access Programme. It is part of Horizon 2020 (H2020) funding framework under grant agreement no. H2020-FETHPC-754304 (DEEP-EST).”
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Contact

If there are any questions or support needed regarding the DEEP-EST EAP, please contact our team by email: access@deep-est.eu.

Useful Links

DEEP-EST prototype user guide.