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Allocation of Computing Resources

Applications for resources on the supercomputers JUQUEEN and JURECA have to be filed in general by applicants, who are employed at universities or research facilities in Germany; here, the nationality of the applicant ("Principle investigator, PI") does not play a role. Applicants from Europe but outside of Germany are advised of the possibility to apply at PRACE. Individual cases may deviate from this general rule after consultation with the NIC Scientific Council and the NIC Board of Directors.

The Principal Investigator (PI) must have a proven scientific record (preferable a PhD or comparable degree) and must be able to successfully accomplish the proposed tasks.

Computing resources are allocated on the basis of independent referees' reports. Apart from the scientific relevance of the project, an important criterion for the allocation of computing resources is, that the project can make reasonable use of the computer and use a large number of processors in parallel in the computations.

NIC Scientific Council has set up a peer review board to review the project proposals and to allocate the computing resources. The decisions of the peer review board are based on the referee reports of qualified specialists in the respective field of research. These specialists are either members of the peer review board or, if required, qualified external scientists from universities or research institutions.


Computing time periods are yearly - with the possibility of application twice per year - and will begin 1 May and 1 November each year. Applications for the next period (1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018) may be submitted from 10 July to 14 August 2017, 17:00 CEST.

Current call:  GCS/NIC Call 2017/2: Application for computing time and extension of expiring projects (PDF, 251 kB)

JUQUEEN is to be shut down by the end of March 2018 due to a system change and will therefore be available for five months only. After the shutdown of JUQUEEN, approved projects will be transferred to its successor, the remaining computing time will be appropriately converted with respect to the capacity of the upcoming system. The technical specifications of the new system are not yet determined by the time of writing.

Application for Computing Time:

To apply for computing time, please consult the corresponding web pages of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

For questions about the proposal please contact the Coordination Office for the Allocation of Computing Time:

Coordination Office for the Allocation of Computing Time
Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Forschungszentrum Jülich
52425 Jülich

Tel.: +49 2461 61-2200
Fax: +49 2461 61-2430