Applications for computing time on the JARA-HPC partition can be submitted by any scientist of RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich qualified in his or her respective field of research. Computing resources are being allocated in accordance with the criteria and procedures of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Prospective users can apply for computing time twice a year at defined periods of time.

The next computing time period will be from May 01, 2017 to April 30, 2018. Proposals can be submitted at the end of February 2017.

Independent national and international experts assess each proposal for computing time. According to regulations of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) the JARA-HPC Vergabegremium (VGG) determines detailed scientific and technical criteria for the assessment of proposals for computing time.

The VGG is composed of 4 experienced scientists from RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich each:

Forschungszentrum Jülich:
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gompper (Vorsitzender, ICS-2, IAS-2)
Prof. Dr. Paul Gibbon (JSC)
Dr. Gebhard Günther (IEK-7)

RWTH Aachen:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Pitsch (Vorsitzender, ITV)
Dieter an Mey (IT Center)
Prof. Paolo Bientinesi, Ph.D. (AICES)
Dr. Matthias Meinke (AIA)

The VGG is also being supported by experts on operating supercomputers from both facilities.

RWTH scientists with a need for less than 1.2 Mio Core-h computing time on the RWTH Compute Cluster are kindly requested to place their application with the RWTH IT Center. Please find more information here. There are no specific deadlines.

To apply for computing time on the JARA-HPC partition, please proceed as follows: 

  1. First write a detailed project description and - in case of a project extension - a status report. Please adhere to the guidelines on form, content and scope of project descriptions and status reports.
  2. Complete the electronic questionnaire and attach the project description as well as any additional documents to the questionnaire as pdf files. 
    Please note that (besides the technical information regarding the planned simulations) all computing time applications that have been submitted to German Computing Centers within the last 3 years have to be listed in the electronic questionnaire, regardless of whether their content is similar to the current proposal or not.

  3. With the finalization of your project application a form is created. Please print this form, sign it and send it to the Coordination Office for the Allocation of Computing Time.

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

Information on the JARA-HPC partition's computers (RWTH Compute Cluster, JUQUEEN and JURECA) is provided here.


Electronic questionnaire to apply for computing time on

  • CLAIX2016-MPI and CLAIX 2016-SMP
    (> 1.2 Mio. Core-h)

    The minimal amount of computing time for proposals for CLAIX is 1.2 Mio. Core-h. A shortened application process applies for smaller computing time proposals. Proposals can be made directly through the ITC website.


  • JUQUEEN (< 35 Mio. Core-h)

    Proposals for JUQUEEN cannot exceed 35 Mio. Core-h. Larger proposals (> 35 Mio. Core-h) have to be made through the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing


Guidelines on form, content and scope of project description and status report 


Please contact the Coordination office for the Allocation of Computing Time if you have further questions concerning the application.


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