Early Science Program

Languages:   Polski  • English

Early Science Call

In 2016, ICM UW will deploy Okeanos - a large-scale computing Cray XC40 system. Okeanos is made up of more than 1000 compute nodes, each node contains two 12-core Intel Xeon processors and 128 GB RAM. In addition, each node has a dedicated interconnect Cray Aries port, and all nodes are connected by a high-performance Dragonfly topology network.

New data center building of ICM

In response to ICM’s high technological requirements Cray Inc. built a system that has become a unique solution in the field of High Performance Computing (HPC) in Poland. The system is characterised by very high computational power, as well as high performance graph data processing abilities. Okeanos supercomputer together with Big Data analysis system and data storage represents a complementary infrastructure of the OCEAN competence centre installed at the new ICM’s data centre in Warsaw.

Okeanos supercomputer resources will be made available primarily to scientists whose research requires the use of large-scale computations. Operational deployment of the system will be preceded by an Early Science program, in which a group of scientists, chosen through an open call, will have the possibility to prepare their calculations, test processing capabilities of the Okeanos system (e.g. scalability) and finally start their prototype calculations. Due to the small number of users, Early Science program will be an opportunity to run computing jobs on system partitions of a considerable size, reaching hundreds of compute nodes.

We believe that proper preparation of calculations under the Early Science program will bring a number of innovative research projects, the implementation of which was not previously possible in the framework of computing infrastructure in Polish HPC centers.

We invite all researchers and HPC software developers to familiarise with the details of the Early Science program and to send their proposals.

Support for Early Science


Early Science Program participants are receiving exclusive support from ICM staff. Each project has dedicated consultant whom guides on system and aplication usage.

Application codes

The call is open for projects using community codes, isv applications from the closed list or self-developed computational codes.

In this call, ICM provides support for closed list of application packages: NAMD, LAMMPS, GROMACS, CPMD, CP2K, Quantum Espresso, VASP, WRF, GADGET, OpenFOAM, LS-DYNA, ANSYS/FLUENT.

Groups that develop own application codes are receiving additional support on programming environment and tools e.g. compilers, numerical libraries, debuggers and profiling tools. Applications that scales for larger partitions of the computing system are preffered in this call.


Early Science Program awardees are invited to participate in the user and application optimization training for XC40 systems.

Pre-production access

In the Early Science phase system administration is gathering user recommendations on optimal enviroment tuning. Maintenance outages are expected.

Important dates

Applications submission: March 6, 2016

Acceptance notification: March 11, 2016

Early Science Access: second half of March, 2016

Notice! All hands meeting for the project participants and technical training co-organized together with Cray Inc. is planned in the second half of March. Event venue is ICM office in Warsaw. Details will be provided to awarded groups.

End of Program: first half of June, 2016

Applications for Early Science access

Applicatons for the program need to be submitted electronically with PDF fillable form (in English or Polish). These forms are only correctly supported by Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is strongly recommended to open forms with Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe page [1]. Filled PDF forms need to be sent via e-mail on adress [2] for complete application submission. Questions on filling the application forms can be sent on address [3].

Application form: PDF (to be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Application form in polish: PDF (należy otwierać w Adobe Acrobat Reader)