The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), through its FCCN unit, opens applications for the 3rd edition of the Advanced Computing Projects Contest on October 25th.

This call aims to consolidate and strengthen the national technological and scientific system through Advanced Computing resources for Research and Innovation in collaboration with four operational centers - Minho Advanced Computing Centre (MACC), Advanced Computing Laboratory of Coimbra University (LCA-UC), High Performance Computing of Évora University (HPC-UÉ) and National Infrastructure for Distributed Computing (INCD).

There are 36 million CPU core.hours or vCPU.hours in the National Network of Advanced Computing (RNCA) platforms. Applications will be accepted in all scientific areas using High Performance Computing (HPC) and/or Scientific Cloud or Virtual Research Environments (VRE) in three distinct typologies:

  • Experimental Access (A0),
  • Preparatory Access or Development (A1)
  • Project or Regular Access (A2).

    Each of these typologies has a maximum number of hours of use and project duration.

For Project Access(A2) applications will be open until December 15, 2022 (1pm Lisbon time). The two remaining accesses, A0 and A1, will be available in several submission batches until May 31, 2023 or until the available resources are exhausted.

The Advanced Computing Projects Competition seeks to encourage the use of HPC and Scientific Cloud or VRE computing resources to obtain new knowledge that will enable scientific and technological advances in all areas of knowledge. These resources may be useful for simulations in areas as distinct as climate or molecular modeling, artificial intelligence and the study of complex problems in the creation of new materials or the improvement of industrial production lines. This edition has a new modality of access - Virtual Research Environments (VRE) - which aims to meet the needs of collaboration between researchers from one or more organizations through cloud computing.

Previous editions have so far made available more than 70 million CPU core.hours or vCPU.hours on RNCA platforms. There have been more than 30 scientific publications and 60 Master's or Doctoral theses associated with projects approved under these calls.

All the information about the call - typologies, deadlines, and application process - is available on the FCT website and on the RNCA page.

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