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Type of Access: Fast Track & Benchmark Access
Opening Date: 15/01/2022
Closing date: NA (continuous call)

The Call for Proposals for Discoverer Fast Track & Benchmark Access Modes is continuously open, with a maximum time-to-resources-access (start-date) of one month.

The allocations are granted for 3 months with the option for projects to apply for a continuation. This continuation shall be duly justified, limited to a maximum of 6 additional months, and will depend on an assessment of their ongoing awarded project. For any additional continuation of the same project the applicants must apply for Regular Access Call. Applicants (Principal Investigators) can only have two (2) Fast Track Access awarded at any given time.

The Fast Track & Benchmark access modes is designed to serve research domains, industry open R&D (nonprofit & open access to the results) and public sector applications that require medium to large-scale resources or that require benchmark study which will be a base for more frequent access to substantial supercomputing resources.

Full Call Details:

The application submission form is available on the Discoverer web page portal.

Communication of allocation decision: 1 month after application
Allocation period for awarded proposals: 3 months after successful application
Submission of Final Reports: Within one month after the completion of the project.

Type of Access: 3 months Fast Track & Benchmark Access

All proposals consist of: Application form.

Researchers from academia, research institutes, public authorities and industry established or located in a Member State or in a country associated to Horizon 2020 are eligible to apply (for further details see Discoverer Access Policy Document).

The Discoverer Resource Allocation Committee (RAP), composed of leading scientists and engineers, ranks the proposals received and produces a recommendation to award Discoverer resources based on scientific and technical excellence.

Call related documents

The following documents form the reference for this call:

  • The Discoverer Access Policy can be found here.
  • Application form can be found here.
  • The Technical Information on Discoverer Supercomputer can be found here.


System Architecture Site
Total Core Hours available for Regular Call Minimum request
core hours
Discoverer Main CPU Partition BullSequana XH2000 Sofiatech, (BG) 10 million 0.28 million or 1 node (CPU: 2x AMD EPYC 7H12 (64cores, 2.6GHz) / RAM: 256GB)


Discoverer Fast Track & Benchmark call Proposal Requirements (please use provided application form and instructions within)

  • Short description of the scientific goals and objectives including progress beyond state of the art and scientific impact
  • Type of resources required, i.e. scalable computing resources (nodes hours/core hours), storage capacity and download/upload bandwidth etc..
  • Resources requests based on limits defined above (including information on scalability for scalable compute resources requests)
  • Description of the software and services needed to successfully complete the project
  • Description of the research methods (including a project workplan), algorithms, and code parallelization approach (including memory requirements)
  • Information on Data Management
  • Description of special needs (if any)

Reviewing Process

A Review Panel established by the Discoverer Resource Allocation Committee composed by up to 4/5 well-known scientists (they can be different for each calls) shall discuss the scientific merit of the proposals with the support of a technical team and decides which proposal should be granted based on the criteria listed below.

Review Criteria

  • Soundness of the Methodology and tools: Does the request describe appropriate tools, methods and approaches for addressing the research objectives?
  • Appropriateness Research Plan: Is the research plan appropriate to achieve the scientific goals described in the proposal? Has the applicant properly estimated the resources?
  • Appropriateness of the Project Timeline: Has the applicant estimated the right number of simulations to achieve the goals in the given time?
  • Significance of the Proposed Research: Is the proposed work supported by a grant or grants that have undergone review for intellectual merit and/or broader impact. What is the scientific impact?
  • Technical assessment: Software availability on the requested resource. The codes necessary for the project must already be available on the system requested, or in case of codes developed by the applicants, they must have been sufficiently tested for efficiency, scalability (if applicable), and suitability. Feasibility of the requested resource. The requested system(s) must be suitable for the proposed project.

How to Submit

To submit proposals, fill the application form available here and send it by email to The Peer Review team will send you confirmation within a couple of days on the receipt of the application, if you do not hear back from us please write an email to check if the proposal has been received successfully. For technical questions or support before the application submission, you can contact the ICEI team at