FAQ – Frequently asked Questions

  • Director of the institute: Most departments are organized into institutes (Fachgebiete). If this does not apply to your organization, please insert the dean, or a person with staff responsibility for the main research group.
  • PI: The principal investigator is responsible for the scientific aspects of the project. This can be the director as well as a junior professor, or post doc.
  • Main researcher/ Project manager: In general, this is the person who does the main part of work inthis project. He or she is the one who is responsible for the administrative aspects of the scientific project. He or she is the „technical contact“ the HRZ communicates with.
  • Additional researchers: All other researchers who can compute on this project account. This includes other PhD students as well as students, who are working for the project.

We differentiate between the project classes “SMALL”, “MIDDLE”, and “LARGE”. “SMALL” includes projects which use of less than 17,000 core-hours/month (equivalent to the continuous use of 24 cores), “MIDDLE” includes projects with the use between (17,000 – 560,000) core-hours/month, and “LARGE” up over a month to 2,040,000 core-hours/month.

Another category is “EDUCATION”, it is reserved for courses. Computating time for bachelor and master theses are handled in the other already mentioned project categories. More information about “EDUCATION” can be found at „Lehre Workshops“.

In general, one main researcher (PhD or postdoc) use an account. The main researcher can decide to add others to his or her project, for instance bachelor or master students, or a colleague he or she is collaborating with on this project.

In general, one project should be in the order of one PhD project. The granted time per proposal is one year, after that an extension is possible. Conditions for extension of proposals will be announced soon.

The proposal has to be signed by the “principal investigator” who, in general, is a professor or a postdoc.

For a “SMALL” project, only the web form should be completed, printed out, signed and sent to the HRZ. This form mainly asks for technical details and a small abstract (150-300 words).

For “MIDDLE” and “LARGE” projects, in addition a detailed scientific project description has to be provided

“SMALL” and “MIDDLE” projects can be submitted any time and the proposals will be handled upon entry. In case of ambiguous reviews the proposal is postponed until the decision of the steering committee (Forschungsrechnerbeirat TU Darmstadt).

“LARGE” project proposals are due on the fotth of February, May, August, or November.

All projects are subject to a technical review by the HRZ. Middle and large projects are objected to an extended technical review, regarding, for example, the scalability of the code. Concerning scientific metrics, the “MIDDLE” projects will be reviewed by two TU Darmstadt experts, for “LARGE” projects one external reviewer frome outside TU Darmstadt and one internal reviewer will be consulted. Based on the reviews, the steering committee allocates the resources.

In general, you apply for one year and the granted period is one year. If you know that your project runs only several months, it makes sense to apply only for these months. If you need more time than one year, you have to apply for extension, after this year. It makes sense to write the complete time period planned in the first proposal.

Publicizing the outcomes of research on Lichtenberg cluster and communicating the role of our support improves public understanding of how we are working to provide your research. We kindly ask for a acknowledgment in all your publications:

Calculations for this research were conducted on the Lichtenberg high performance computer of the TU Darmstadt

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Extensive calculations on the Lichtenberg high-performance computer of the Technische Universität Darmstadt were conducted for this research. The authors would like to thank the Hessian Competence Center for High Performance Computing – funded by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts – for helpful advice.

The category „Hochleistungsrechner“ within the list „Divisions” as a subcategory of „Hochschulrechenzentrum“ was added to TU Biblio publications. Please use this category for your Lichtenberg Cluster related research, then your publication will be listed at this list.