Astronomy Supercomputer Time Allocation Committee (ASTAC)
ASTAC Call for Proposals. Deadline extended to 5PM AEDT Monday 7th November 2016
Time is available on the following facilities from 1st January 2017 to 30th June 2017 (i.e. Quarters 1-2, 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)
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:
- GreenII, Swinburne University Supercomputer (gSTAR & swinSTAR)
- Fujitsu Primergy System, NCI National Facility
- Fornax, Epic, and Galaxy, Pawsey (when time is available)
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
- David Parkinson (Chair), University of Queensland, until 31 December 2016