Management of Scientific Resources

A call for proposals is launched during the fourth trimester of each year for the use of the high computing resources of the three national computing centres (CINES, IDRIS and TGCC).  Under the coordination of GENCI (Grand Équipement National de Calcul Intensif), computing hours are allocated for the following year through a unified procedure. 

The requests for resources are made by using the form called DARI (Demande d'Attribution de Ressources Informatiques) through a site common to the three computing centres. The proposals are first examined by thematic scientific committees which, drawing on the technical expertise of the centres' applications assistance teams where necessary, make approval recommendations for granting computing hours. 

At the end of the year, an evaluation committee meets to review and validate these recommendations and proposes a distribution of calculation hours among the three national centres.  The final decision for the allocation of hours is made by the attribution committee, under the authority of GENCI.

A second call for proposals, extending from April to June, is made in order to study requests from current projects for resource use extensions as well as requests from new emerging projects.

Supplementary to these two principal procedures, IDRIS management continually studies specific requests for its resources and determines the allotment of limited numbers of hours as needed to current projects, to ensure their uninterrupted progress, and to new projects to facilitate their starting up.  

A Preparatory Access procedure for new projects allows the use of 15,000 hours on the SMP machine (named Ada) or 50,000 hours on the MPP machine (named Turing) to evaluate and improve the performance of targeted applications on these supercomputers.

The Scientific Thematic Committees (and keywords):

1. Environmental sciences

Climatic, atmospheric and oceanic modelling.  Planetary atmospheric modelling.  Geophysical data analyses.  Data assimilation and predictability.   Atmospheric chemistry and physics.  Marine biogeochemistry.  Functioning and evolution of terrestrial ecosystems.  Soil hydrology.

2a. Non-reactive fluid flows

Dynamics of compressible flows.  Hydrodynamics.  Steady and unsteady aerodynamics.  Rotating flows.  Heat transfer and forced convection.  Natural convection.

2b. Reactive or multiphase flows

Multiphase flow interfaces.  Phase changes in fluid flows.  Complex flows and rheology.  Turbulent combustion.  Modelling and simulation of reactive flows.   Combustion chemical kinetics and flame structure.  Non-equilibrium flow dynamics.  Plasma and electric arcs. 

3.  Biology and biomedical science

Particle/tissue interaction and calculation by Monte Carlo methods.  Nanotechnology in therapeutics.  Medical imaging (acquisition and treatment).  Computer-aided tools for medical decision making.  Bioinformatics.  Genomics.  Human body modelling.  Biomechanics.  Physiological flow dynamics.  Modelling and simulation of physiological systems.  Epidemiology and population dynamics.

4.  Astrophysics and geophysics

Cosmology.  Galaxy, star, and planetary system formation.  Gravitational system dynamics.  Modelling of astrophysical objects (non-fluid/non-chemical).  Geophysical and planetary plasmas.  Internal geophysics.  Soil hydrology.  Geomaterials. 

5.  Theoretical and plasma physics

Electromagnetics.  Lattice QCD.  Quantum chaos.  Electrical properties of solids.  Nuclear physics.    Wave- and light-matter interactions.  Hot plasmas.  Magnetic and inertial fusion sciences.

6.  Computer science, algorithms and mathematics

Network.  Middleware.  Algorithms for parallelism.  Linear algebra.  Partial Differential Equations.  Signal analysis.  Data storage and analyses.  Visualization. 

7.   Molecular dynamics in biology

Structure.  Molecular dynamics.  Macromolecule interactions.  Macromolecular chemistry.  Structure-Function Relationships.  Biopolymers.  Interfaces.  Heterogeneous materials.  Self-assembly.  Replication. 

8.  Quantum chemistry and molecular modelling

Electrical properties of molecules and solids.  Structures.  Reactivity.  Ab initio calculations.                 Semi-empirical calculations.  Car Parinello quantum dynamics.  Quantum MonteCarlo (QMC) calculations.  Liquid state.  Solvation.    Molecular diffusion.  Collisions (ion molecules, electrons).  Quantum dynamics.  Wave packet evolution.

9.  Physics, chemistry and material properties

First-principles computation of atomistic, mesoscale, and multiscale modelling.  Phase stability and cohesion in solids, diffusion, and phase transformations.  Structural and dynamic properties of disordered systems.   First-principles spectroscopy.  Materials design, high-throughput computation.  Relations between materials properties and microstructure.  Electronic and photonic materials, energy materials, nano and biomaterials, granular materials, multifunctional architecture materials.

10. New and transversal applications of intensive calculations

Similar to the Blanc Programme of The French National Research Agency (ANR),  this committee examines  innovative, highly original, or cross-disciplinary applications which do not fall into the expertise of one of the other committees (1 -9) because of the non-traditional character of these projects.