[ASA] Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee: Call for Proposals for Q3-Q4 2014 (NCI, Swinburne and iVEC facilities)

Jarrod Hurley jhurley at swin.edu.au
Mon May 19 23:22:20 AEST 2014

Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee:
Call for Proposals – NCI peak facility, Green II (gSTAR/swinSTAR) and iVEC Galaxy
** Call closes at 5pm (AEST) Friday 6th June, 2014 **

Attached is a call for proposals for time on two Australian Supercomputer Facilities for Q3-Q4 in 2014. 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 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. We would also like to highlight that researchers may apply for an account on this facility at any time, independent of the ASTAC process, and make use of resources through general access arrangements. More information can be found at http://www.astronomy.swin.edu.au/supercomputing/hpc_wiki/

3. The deadline for this current round of proposals is 5pm (AEST), Friday 6th June, 2014.

4. 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.

5. ASTAC allows applications to be led (Lead Chief Investigator) by PhD students, with their thesis supervisor as a Chief Investigator. ASTAC would like to highlight the benefits of showing leadership on successful time allocation applications to a student’s CV.

6. Along with this call for proposals, ASTAC is seeking feedback from Australian astronomers on the ASTAC process and access to high-performance computing resources. Whether you have previously applied for time through ASTAC or not, we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to provide us with your feedback by completing the following survey:


If you would like to directly receive ASTAC news and announcements, you can sign up to our mailing list at:http://www.astronomyaustralia.org.au/commitees/astac

Mark George Beckett (iVEC representative; ex-officio), Geoff Bicknell (Australian National University), Ben Evans (NCI representative; ex-officio),  Amr Hassan (ASTAC Secretary, Swinburne University), Luke Hodkinson (Swinburne supercomputer user consultant), Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne Supercomputer Manager; ex-officio), Katherine Mack (Chair, University of Melbourne), Steve Ord (Curtin University), Jon Smillie (NCI user consultant), Chiara Tonini (University of Melbourne), Matthew Whiting (CSIRO).

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