Call for Pro­po­sals 2021-1- Ac­cess to HPC Re­sources at PC²

Scientists qualified in their respective field of research can submit proposals for access to HPC resources operated by Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²). We offer multi-million core-hour projects on a recent generation of HPC systems with low-latency interconnect. PC² is one of eight computer centers in Germany of the NHR alliance (Nationales Hochleistungsrechnen). The main focus of Paderborn is on three important application compentence areas and their user communities: Atomistic SimulationsOptoelectronics and Quantum Photonics, and Machine Learning for Intelligent Systems. PC² will operate its first NHR large scale HPC system starting in the third quarter of 2021.

PC² provides a portfolio of preinstalled applications and offers support for software installation/configuration of project-specific applications. We advise our users on using the resources in an efficient way. In particular, we provide consulting services for users from computational chemistry and solid-state physics. Furthermore, PC² encourages approximate computing and the acceleration of applications with Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA).

Important Dates

Opening date    

January 22nd, 2021

Closing date

February 28th, 2021

Scientific reviews of proposals

March 2021

Announcement of allocation decision

End of March 2021

Allocation period for awarded large proposals

April 2021 until March 2022


Within this call you can also apply for the NHR large scale HPC system. Please pay attention to the availability of the system.
Detailed information on the available resources and how to apply can be found at

The Noctua system is a first phase of a multi-year funding of HPC resources. A significant extension will follow in a second phase in 2021.
Refer to: Noctua news article
Refer to: NHR news article