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  • The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) – 35% of the compute time available on Magnus is allocated through this scheme, along with compute-time allocations from other Australian centres including NCI, UQ, and MASSIVE. The scheme operates annual allocation calls, which are open to the whole Australian research community and which provide substantial amounts of compute time for meritorious, computational-research projects.
  • The Pawsey Energy & Resources Merit Allocation Scheme – 20% of the compute time available on Magnus is allocated through this scheme. Open to the Australian energy and resources research community, providing significant amounts of compute time for meritorious research projects in the domain. See the Australian Government Science Priorities for guidance on what qualifies as Energy and Resources. Energy examples include generation, storage and distribution. Resources examples include exploration, minerals extraction and processing, groundwater, and waste management. This scheme operates annual calls, with an out-of-session application process for newly eligible project leaders.
  • The Pawsey Partner Merit Allocation Scheme – 40% of the compute time available on Magnus is allocated through this scheme. Calls are open to researchers in Pawsey Partner institutions and provide significant amounts of compute time for meritorious, computational research projects. The Partner institutions are CSIRO, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. This scheme operates annual calls, with an out-of-session application process for newly eligible project leaders.The Pawsey Director’s Allocation Scheme – 5% of the compute time available on Magnus may be allocated to short-term projects requiring modest amounts of compute time. The discretionary scheme is open to all Australian researchers (or individuals / organisations partnering with Australian research organisations).  All applications to this scheme should be new and as a result allocations will not be provided on a continual / ongoing basis. The Director's Share supports:
  • researchers with less experience of supercomputer-scale computational research (in a start-up phase);
  • speculative investigations designed to assess the potential of supercomputing for a specific application; and
  • testing and development of new algorithms, software or workflows. 

The merit-allocation schemes are summarized in the following table.

Scheme Key Eligibility Criteria Call Frequency Award size and duration
NCMAS
  • Projects must be research-focused.
  • Principal Investigator must be employed at an Australian university or research institution
  • Annual call in September/October each year (100,000,000 core hours on Magnus)
Large, 12-month allocations, budgeted quarterly
Energy & Resources Merit Allocation Scheme
  • Project must be research-focused
  • Project must be in energy or resources domains
  • Principal Investigator must be employed at an Australian university or research institution
  • Annual call in September/October each year (55,500,000 core hours on Magnus)
  • Responsive-mode in exceptional cases, available most of the year (2,500,000 core hours on Magnus)
Large, 12-month allocations, budgeted quarterly
Pawsey Partner Merit Allocation Scheme
  • Project must be research-focused
  • Principal Investigator must be employed at a Pawsey Partner institution
  • Annual call in September/October each year (110,000,000 core hours on Magnus)
  • Responsive-mode in exceptional cases, available most of the year (5,000,000 core hours on Magnus)
Large, 12-month allocations, budgeted quarterlyPawsey Director’s

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  • Principal Investigator must be employed at an university, research institution, business based in Australia or must be partnering with such an organisation.
  • New and novel investigations only (i.e. not previously supported by Pawsey) 

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  • Responsive-mode, available most of the year, subject to availability of resources on Magnus (5%), Zeus and Topaz

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Small (<0.1% of available resource time), maximum 6-month allocations

Allocation Schemes across the Resources

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  • Magnus - Access to Magnus is primarily through competitive merit, via the Energy & Resources, NCMAS or Pawsey Partner schemes.  Access may also be obtained via a Director's Share application.
  • Galaxy - Galaxy is restricted to the ASKAP project.
  • MWA Cluster - Access for MWA project members can be requested by contacting the Pawsey Service Desk.
  • Zeus - All users of Magnus and Galaxy have access to Zeus. 
  • Topaz - Any existing Pawsey users can request access via the Pawsey Service Desk, and this will include a discussion about GPU appropriateness.  

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Refer to the individual scheme pages for application details.:  Energy & Resources, NCMAS,  and Pawsey Partner and Director's Share.  Note that NCMAS uses a different form and application portal to the other schemes.

Researchers are encouraged to contact the Pawsey Helpdesk should they have any questions or comments regarding compute-time award schemes or allocations.

Warning

Allocation of compute time on Pawsey resources remains the discretion of the Pawsey Executive Director: their decision regarding the assessment of a proposal or the allocation of compute time is final.


Results and Project Creation

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