[ASA] Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee: Call for Proposals - NCI, Green II.

Mita Brierley mita.brierley at astronomyaustralia.org.au
Wed May 1 11:31:00 AEST 2013

Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC): Call for
Proposals - NCI, Green II.
** Call closes at 9am (AEST) Monday 3rd June, 2013 **


Attached is a call for proposals for time on two Australian Supercomputer
Facilities for Q3-Q4 in 2013. The same information is available on the
Astronomy Australia Limited website at


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


1. ASTAC encourages potential applicants to contact us should you require
any technical or scientific advice.


2. 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.


3. The GPU facility gSTAR, part of the Swinburne University of Technology
Green II machine, offers users an opportunity for very high performance
computational power for appropriately written code.


4. The deadline for this current round of proposals is 9am (AEST), Monday
3rd June, 2013 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.


6. For this call, ASTAC is allowing applications to be led by PhD students,
with their thesis supervisor as a PI. However, please note that Chief
Investigator details on the online submission form must still be completed
with the details of the supervisor, as this information is still needed to
assess the application. PhD students who would like to lead their
application, please contact Mita Brierley
(mita.brierley at astronomyaustralia.org.au) by Wednesday 29th May, 2013. ASTAC
would like to highlight the benefits of showing leadership on successful
time allocation applications to a student's CV.


7. Along with this call for proposals, ASTAC is circulating a Supercomputer
Resource document to outline and clarify for users the high-performance
computing facilities and access avenues available to Australian astronomers.




Mark George Beckett (iVEC representative; ex-officio), Geoff Bicknell
(Australian National University), Ben Evans (NCI representative;
ex-officio),  Luke Hodkinson (Swinburne supercomputer user consultant),
Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne Supercomputer Manager; ex-officio), John Lattanzio
(Monash University), Geraint Lewis (Chair, University of Sydney), Katherine
Mack (University of Melbourne), Steve Ord (Curtin University), Jon Smillie
(NCI user consultant).


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