The VU has installed a High Performance Computing (HPC) council in 2015. This council gives solicited and unsolicited advice to the VUO regarding the strategic direction of research computing services the VU offers. Secondly, the HPC Council distributes annual grants (max 10k Euro) via a call for proposals.
We invite VU researchers to come up with innovative ideas on how to use research computing to improve scientific workflows in your domain.
The importance of high-performance computing is beyond dispute. By using high-performance computers and computational methods, data can be processed at lightning speed, which in turn can speed up research. Within the VU, we use services such as BAZIS, Lisa, and Snellius for this purpose, but researchers also make use of relatively 'new' services, such as commercial cloud parties. Development costs or time are a barrier. With this call, we want to get more ideas from researchers to the surface and subsidize them so they can be implemented.
Budget and criteria
Do you have an idea of how to speed up or improve research with the help of computational methods? If so, send your proposal to the HPC Council before 1 December 2023. First check if your proposal is eligible for financial support and meets the following criteria:
- The project leads to an improvement in the use of computational methods; whether in your research domain, within your department, or for a limited number of HPC users.
- The developed product is sustainable (for example by using widely accepted standards, but also by a good organization of support and maintenance).
- The costs of your project are clearly defined. The maximum amount that can be applied for is 10,000 euros. Applications can be submitted for hardware, personnel, and cloud costs.
- How you present your idea/project is up to you. The VU community must understand its importance.
Applications should meet these four criteria and should not exceed three A4 pages. You can use this template. You can send your application to the secretary of the HPC council: Erik Koedam. Erik is also available for additional questions.
The HPC Council has 4 annual meetings. The dates will be listed here annually to help you determine when to submit your call for proposal.