Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC)

ASTAC Call for Proposals. The current call for proposals closes at 5PM AEDT Thursday 1st June 2017

Time is available on the following facilities from 1st July 2017 to 31st December 2017 (i.e. Quarters 3 & 4 2017):

  • NCI Astronomy Flagship Program: up to 1,000 kSUs
  • gSTAR and swinSTAR: up to 1,700 kSUs (with 1,200 kSUs prioritised for GPU-based proposals)
  • Pawsey ATHENA: up to 5000 kSUs

Further details regarding the facilities and the call for proposals can be found here (pdf)

The application form can be found here (Word document)

For assistance with the proposal form, or for more information on the resources available, please contact Amr Hassan (

Note that Amr may also be contacted for enquiries related to the suitability of code for use on GPUs.

Supercomputer Resources Document:  Outlining HPC facilities and HPC access avenues available to Australian Astronomers

Terms of Reference

The purpose of AAL's Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC) is to allocate available time on the following supercomputer resources for dedicated national astronomy access:

Note: AAL will consider ASTAC allocating time on any other supercomputer resources that have dedicated national astronomy access, where appropriate.

ASTAC's allocation principles can be found here.

There are usually two calls for proposals per year, announced around May and November, and closing in June and December. 


  • Members of ASTAC are appointed by the AAL Board for a fixed term, with the possibility of renewal.


  • Daniel Mitchell, CSIRO, until 31 December 2017
  • Christoph Federrath, ANU, until 31 December 2017 (Chair)
  • Simon Mutch, University of Melbourne, until 31 December 2018
  • Weigang Cui, University of Western Australia, until 31 December 2018
  • Anne Hutter, Swinburne University of Technology, until 31 December 2018
  • Magda Guglielmo, University of Sydney, until 31 December 2018
  • NCI Representative - Roger Edberg (ex-officio)
  • Pawsey Representative - Chris Harris (ex-officio)
  • Swinburne Supercomputer Manager - Jarrod Hurley (ex-officio)


  • NCI user consultant - Roger Edberg
  • Swinburne supercomputer user consultant - Amr Hassan


  • Amr Hassan, Swinburne University of Technology