[ASA] Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee: Call for Proposals

Mita Brierley mita.brierley at astronomyaustralia.org.au
Wed May 16 17:02:17 AEST 2012

Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee: Call for Proposals - NCI,
gSTAR/swinSTAR, Epic, Fornax


Attached is a call for proposals for time on a number of Australian
Supercomputer Facilities for Q3-Q4 in 2012. The same information is
available on the Astronomy Australia web-site at


We would like to draw your attention to the following key points:


1. The time available for computational astrophysics on internationally
competitive facilities has increased markedly over the last year. This is a
good time to be working in this area.


2. The GPU facility gSTAR, located at Swinburne, offers users an opportunity
for very high performance computational power for appropriately written


3. Fornax, the second supercomputer installed as part of the Pawsey Centre
project, is also a GPU facility and is now available for general access.


4. The deadline for this current round of proposals is 8 June, 2012 so that
there is adequate time to prepare a good proposal.


5. ASTAC is particularly keen to encourage graduate students and early
career researchers to become involved in this rapidly developing field,
which offers the capacity to perform simulations of numerous astrophysical
situations at high resolution and in three dimensions. Advisers are
available to assist people in getting started in this area.





Lindsay Botten (NCI Director; ex-officio),  Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne
Supercomputer Manager; ex-officio), Geoff Bicknell (Chair, Australian
National University),  John Lattanzio (Monash University), Geraint Lewis
(University of Sydney), Jon Smillie (NCI user consultant), Luke Hodkinson
(Swinburne supercomputer user consultant)




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