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I-CHASS & NICS: 2,000,000 CPU Hours Available for HASS Research

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009 | Urbana, Illinois

The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science
(I-CHASS) and the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS)
at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville today announced that they
are making available two million additional hours of supercomputing
time to projects in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

This collaboration is an extension of a pilot program between I-CHASS
and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in
Urbana, Illinois, that recently saw the allocation of a total of one
million CPU hours to a diverse group of projects at the leading-edge
of humanities research.  Supported projects included work in music
information retrieval, analysis of aggregated census data, and
state-of-the-art economic modeling.

At NICS, we are excited to be able to support the I-CHASS efforts
with this contribution of computational resources, said Phil Andrews,
NICS Project Director.

This new donation by NICS will increase the available resource to
three million hours of supercomputing time.

I-CHASS is excited that supercomputing centers across the globe
recognize the mutual beneficial synergies that the intersection of
high-performance computing and the humanities, arts, and social
science communities brings to knowledge discovery and scholarship,
said Kevin Franklin, executive director of I-CHASS.  Easy access to
this type of resource allows scholars to apply advanced computing to
their work and explore new paradigms of research.

Any humanities, arts, and social science scholar or collaborative
research group may apply to this program for supercomputing resources
to advance their computationally intensive work. Supported activities
could include:

- mining large textual and image datasets, morphological analysis,
manipulations, and transformations.
- analysis of geographical information systems data, maps, etc.
- computationally demanding visualization, modeling, or pattern
recognition and analysis.

Selected researchers will be given access to NICSs high-performance
systems and allotments of up to 500,000 CPU hours. Resources will be
available from January 2010 to December 2010, with the opportunity for
successful projects to apply for a one-year renewal.

Applications can be submitted online at the I-CHASS website starting
September 15, 2009; applications are due November 1, 2009 and
applicants will be notified by December 1, 2009. A complete
description of the application process and required materials is
available online at:

Before submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to consult
with I-CHASS staff on the scope of the project, the computational
readiness of their data and software, the humanities, arts, and social
science content, and other matters to ensure the appropriateness of
the proposal. To discuss your project with I-CHASS staff, email or call 217-244-1988.


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