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Cy-Tera & LinkSCEEM-2  HPC Production Access

Call for Proposals



Opening date: Tuesday 28th July 2015

Closing date: Wednesday 30th September 2015
Type of access: Production access

Architectures(s) available at HPC sites:

  1. CaSToRC (Intel-based cluster system with Tesla GPUs)

  2. BA (Intel-based cluster system)

Detailed descriptions:


Scientific research in a growing and diverse number of disciplines is becoming increasingly dependent on large-scale computational resources. It is recognised by governments of regional countries and by the EU that to remain competitive, scientists in the Eastern Mediterranean area must be provided with High Performance Computing (HPC) recourses sustained by technical expertise and know-how.

Cy-Tera and the EU-funded project LinkSCEEM allows researchers from the Eastern Mediterranean to apply for time on high-end high-performance computers via a peer review process. Production access allows researchers to apply for production level access to Cy-Tera and LinkSCEEM-2 resources.

Scope of the call

Production access for projects to implement a scientific research project. In general, such a call is for experienced users where the codes necessary for the project are available on the system requested and/or, in case of codes developed by the applicants, have been sufficiently tested for efficiency, scalability, and suitability (either via proposals for preparatory access or in systems similar to the LinkSCEEM-2 systems). The upper limit for allocations for such projects is 100,000 to 200,000 core hours and there must be a verifiable work plan for resource usage included in the proposal.


For this call, proposals from academia are eligible, as long as the project leader is employed in a research organisation in the LinkSCEEM-2 region in the case of a LinkSCEEM application. The employment contract of the project leader with the research organization must be valid until at least 3 months after the end of the allocation period. Furthermore the Principal Investigator should be a senior researcher (must hold a PhD or have at least 3 years research experience).

The LinkSCEEM region's eligible entities are any of the LinkSCEEM partner countries, plus countries of the Eastern Mediterranean defined on a case-by-case basis.

Cy-Tera and LinkSCEEM HPC centres may have further restrictions on who is eligible to use the machines, for example, due to US export rules. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they are eligible to use the system.

How to Apply


There are 2 calls for proposals per year with published opening and closing dates. The application process is done on-line through the proposal submission website:

Cy-Tera & LinkSCEEM HPC production access

(Make sure to select Production Access from the choices in the drop down box top left hand corner when you log in)

These projects undergo a full technical and scientific review. The full procedure is described in detail in the Guidelines for Applicants (please ensure that you can view the Version 3.0 of the document - viewing in incognito mode through your browser may be required). If you feel your project may not be mature enough for this call we suggest you apply for the Cy-Tera & LinkSCEEM  HPC preparatory access call. This is a much simpler application procedure for projects with resource needs of the order of 5.000 to 10.000 core hours.

Information Material

  1. Guidelines for Applicants: Contains full information on the application process (please ensure that you can view the Version 3.0 of the document - viewing in incognito mode through your browser may be required)
  2. Application Submission: Linklings site for preparing and submitting application (make sure to select Production Access from the choices in the drop down box top left hand corner when you log in)
  3. Application Form: in PDF format, for information purposes only

All proposals must be submitted via the procedure described above.

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 a technical assessment to assess technical suitability for the available resources. Given a favourable result, a competitive scientific review will follow.


Please look in the updated Guide for applicants (version 3.0) regarding the altered "Industry Access - Cy-Tera/LinkSCEEM Open Research and Development Access Model" policy which allows for Industrial Access on Cy-Tera/LinkSCEEM resources. This can also be found here.

Further Information and Support

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Award of production access proposals of all types is limited by the amount of resources available. Access to supercomputing resources is subject to the restrictions of the Wassenaar Agreement and any further restrictions of the HPC sites themselves.


About LinkSCEEM:

The LinkSCEEM-2 project aims at the establishment of a high performance computing (HPC) eco-system in the Eastern Mediterranean region by interlinking and coordinating regional compute, storage and visualization resources to form an integrated e-infrastructure.The main project objective is to enable scientific research in the region by engaging and supporting research communities with an initial emphasis in the fields of climate research, digital cultural heritage and synchrotron radiation applications.To achieve its mission, the project will link e-resources, provide user support and training, carry out targeted networking activities, and, develop and implement a well-structured HPC resource allocation mechanism.


The LinkSCEEM-2 project has received funding from the European Community's seventh framework programme FP7 (2007-2013), Capacities Research Infrastructure, INFRA-2010-1.2.3 Virtual Research Communities, Combination of Collaborative Project and Coordination and Support Actions (CP-CSA) under grant agreement no RI-261600.



About Cy-Tera:

The Cy-Tera project aims at creating a research facility including a high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure supporting cutting-edge scientific applications, with associated user support and computational science research and training programs. The Cy-Tera facility will be the first HPC facility at multi-Tflops level in Cyprus, serving the needs of the Cyprus Institute (CyI), its partners and Cyprus for frontier research applications in many fields of great scientific and/or societal importance. The Project Cy-Tera (ΝΕΑ ΥΠΟΔΟΜΗ/ΣΤΡΑΤΗ/0308/31) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research Promotion Foundation.

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