Preparatory Access

Calls for Proposals

Preparatory access calls are rolling calls, researchers can apply for resources year-round. There are no closing dates.

Scope of the calls

Preparatory access allows researchers to test and optimise their codes before responding to project calls. This is the quickest and most straightforward method of gaining access. Acceptance of preparatory access proposals of all types is limited by the amount of resources available (with an upper limit of about 5.000 to 50.000 core hours per proposal).

Types of preparatory access

There are 3 types of preparatory access:

  • Code scalability testing to obtain scalability results which can be used as supporting information when responding to future Production calls. This route provides an opportunity to ensure the scalability of the codes within the set of parameters to be used for Production calls, and document this scalability. The maximum allocation time is 6 months, including submission of the final report.
  • Code development and optimisation by the applicant using their own personnel resources. Applicants will need to describe the planning for development together with the resources that are available to execute the project. The maximum allocation time is 6 months, including submission of the final report.
  • Code development supported by experts from Cy-Tera HPC experts. The maximum allocation time is 6 months, including submission of the final report.
    Process

The projects will be technically peer reviewed by the Cy-Tera HPC facility experts. The procedure is documented in the Guideline for applicants document.

Eligibility

For preparatory access calls, proposals from academia are eligible, as long as the project leader is employed in a research organisation homed in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The employment contract of the project leader with the research organization must be valid to at least 3 months after the end of the allocation period. The Cy-Tera HPC facility has further restrictions on who is eligible to use the machines (due to US export rules, for example). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they are eligible to use the system.

How to Apply

All proposals must be submitted via proposal submission website. A full description of the process is given in the Guideline for applicants. All mandatory fields must be filled in before the application form can be submitted. After the form has been saved, applicants can continue to access it and update it before they finally submit it.

Assessment procedure

All proposals will undergo technical assessment.

Assessment criteria

Proposals submitted are only for code testing or development. Only runs for testing and development will be allowed, i.e. no standard production runs will be allowed. For type B and C proposals (where the amount of resources required is expected to be larger than type A proposals) a clear plan for the code development proposed and the available resources to execute this planning is essential.
Further Information and Support: castorc.support@cyi.ac.cy

Disclaimer

Award of preparatory access proposals of all types is limited by the amount of resources available (typically 5.000 to 50.000 core hours). For type C there are also limitations regarding the amount of expert support available (in terms of staff hours) and also the type of expertise available (the amount of expertise available is not the same in all fields of computer science, mathematics and fields of science and engineering).

Acknowledging Cy-Tera

To acknowledge the use of Cy-Tera HPC resource please use the following text:

For Cy-Tera collaborators/Cypriot users: “This work was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation (Project Cy-Tera ΝΕΑ ΥΠΟΔΟΜΗ/ΣΤΡΑΤΗ/0308/31).”

For other users: “This work was supported by the Cy-Tera Project (ΝΕΑ ΥΠΟΔΟΜΗ/ΣΤΡΑΤΗ/0308/31), which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation.”