How to apply

Fundable activities

The following fields of activity are typically considered eligible:

  • Optimisation and parallelisation of existing codes from the fields of simulation, optimisation or data analysis / machine learning
  • Development and implementation of new parallel codes under special consideration of current parallel computer architectures
  • Evaluation of alternative computer architectures and parallelization approaches, such as GPGPUs or FPGAs, hybrid approaches (MPI+X) or OpenACC
  • Development, evaluation and implementation of new numerical methods, with special attention to the properties of current hardware
  • Analysis of single processor performance, communication behaviour and parallel scaling with professional tools
  • Adaptation of software packages: Evaluation of suitable computer systems, compilers, libraries; improvement of restart and I/O capabilities; integration of systems at the LRZ or RRZE in simulation or data analysis workflows
  • Analysis of the solvers and algorithms used and testing of possible alternatives
  • Analysis of the algorithmic basic routines used (numerical solvers, grid generation, load distribution, etc.) and testing of possible alternatives
  • Development of energy-efficient software
  • Introduction of new scientific domains to HPC

The primary target architectures for this work are the workhorses of the two computer centres involved: the federal supercomputer SuperMUC-NG and the extensive Linux clusters at the LRZ, as well as the clusters of RRZE in Erlangen.

Funding possibilities

Scientific projects

Funding is provided for projects at Bavarian colleges and universities. Funding is based on the duration of the project and can amount to a maximum of 10,000 € (small project with three months) or up to 50,000 € for projects with a duration of twelve months.

The projects must be carried out in close cooperation with one of the two computer centres (LRZ/RRZE). In particular, the funded project staff member should spend a longer period (about 50% of the project duration) at one of the two centres in order to be able to draw directly on the HPC expertise there. For applicants outside the Erlangen and Munich/Garching locations, a subsidy for travel and subsistence costs can be granted upon application.

Scope of project applications:

  • Small projects (up to 3 months / 10,000€):  description of project objectives and work to be carried out on about 2 pages
  • Large projects (up to twelve months / 50,000€): more detailed description, including additional preparatory work and the methods used on a total of 6 pages

In addition to the technical project application, we ask you to provide more details as outlined in the template for project applications.

Project applications can be submitted to the KONWIHR office at any time by sending an e-mail to info@konwihr.de . However, they will only be reviewed at semi-annual intervals (deadlines are 1.3. and 1.9.).

Before submitting an application, it is strongly recommended to contact one of the two computer centres in order to ensure the availability of staff and specialist knowledge. Applications must be submitted by the lead scientist and will be evaluated externally with regard to their scientific quality and their integration into the funding measures.

Courses/Workshops

Applications for grants for courses or workshops related to Konwihr topics are possible.

Basis projects

The aim of the KONWIHR basic projects is to establish central contact partners for questions on research, support and training at the HPC at Bavarian universities and colleges. These contact persons should have basic HPC knowledge and take on the following tasks:

  • Availability for questions on the efficient use of local HPC systems
  • Advising researchers whose computing time requirements cannot be covered locally in terms of capacity or architecture
  • Support with access to non-local computing systems and, if necessary, with the necessary application procedures
  • Point the way to further consulting and training offers
  • Contact for questions about KONWIHR, support of local researchers in applying for KONWIHR projects

In the course of these basis projects, HPC activities at Bavarian universities should be better connected in the long term. KONWIHR will organise a regular exchange on current problems and issues.

More information on how to apply for the basis projects can be found on the basis projects page.