GPU eCSE01 Timeline

The first GPU eCSE call and Early Career eCSE Panel Observers call

GPU eCSE support provides funding to the UKRI research community to develop software in a sustainable manner to run on GPU-based architectures. We invite proposals to develop software that facilitates research targeted at UKRI’s digital research infrastructure e.g. future Exascale supercomputing services, UK national AI services, national Tier-2 HPC services. The call is open to research across all of UKRI’s remit.

The GPU eCSE call (GPU-eCSE01) opened on the 17 Jan 2024. The final deadline for proposal submission is 16:00 on 19 Mar 2024 via the ARCHER2 SAFE. Please note that for this call there is no separate technical evaluation stage or separate technical evaluation form. The early career eCSE Panel Observers opened alongside the eCSE call and the deadline for applications for this call is 16:00 on 27 Feb 2024.

GPU eCSE call

Funding will enable the employment of an RSE (a Research Software Engineer, PDRA or equivalent) to work specifically on the relevant software to enable new features or improve the performance of the software to be run on GPU-based architectures. Funding can be requested for up to 36 person months of effort per project for a duration of up to 2 calendar years. There is flexibility in the way the effort is requested. For example, a project may have more than one person working on it or the effort could be spread over a greater number of calendar months, i.e. a staff member could work on the project at less than 100% alongside other commitments or it could be worked on by a staff member who doesn’t work full time. Please just get in contact with the ARCHER2 Service Desk if you wish to discuss possible scenarios. Projects are expected to start between 2-6 months after a call closes.

The GPU eCSE programme is administered by EPCC through ARCHER2, the UK National HPC Service. However, applications are not limited to projects targeting the GPU component of ARCHER2. Projects may utilise other GPU resources within the UK digital research infrastructure.

The text below gives an overview of the call but all applicants should read the the guidance for submitting a proposal to this call in full.

Early Career eCSE Panel Observers call

One of the aims of the eCSE programme is to provide support for researchers in the early stages of their careers and we will be offering a small number of early career researchers the opportunity to attend the eCSE panel meeting as observers. Please see the call information here. Please see the recent blog article describing the experience of attending a panel meeting from a similar programme.

Application process and guidance for the GPU eCSE call

Applications for a GPU eCSE project must be completed and submitted via the ARCHER2 SAFE. Any project members (PI, Co-I and technical staff) must have been invited by the proposal owner to join a project and have accepted the invitation in time for the final submission. Proposals cannot be submitted without technical staff. All technical staff must provide a CV, and the PI and all Co-Is must each provide descriptions of their relevant background experience and the contribution that they will each bring to the project. Please see the guidance document for further information about this.

We are very keen to encourage software developers at the early stage of their careers. At this stage, an RSE will be developing expertise. This will be taken into account when a proposal is assessed and in such cases the Panel will be looking at what support is on offer from PI and any Co-Is so it is important that this information is made clear in the proposal. Please see the guidance document for further information about this.

Please follow the links here for the guidance for submitting a proposal to this call, along with the project proposal template. Each call has its own guidance document and associated forms. Please ensure that the correct guidance and forms are used for this call.

If your eCSE proposal is selected for funding, you will be provided with an award letter and will be asked to agree to the eCSE Terms. in advance of submitting your eCSE proposal. Please get in touch via the ARCHER2 service desk if you have any questions about this.

Scope of eCSE call

Examples of GPU eCSE work could be:

Note the above are just examples and not a comprehensive list. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Funding will be prioritised for projects which can demonstrate how they complement, support and enable research in the existing UKRI portfolio and the strategic aims of the research council.

Projects may utilise the GPU component of ARCHER2 or other suitable GPU resources to complete the technical work. If the proposal plans to use the GPU component of ARCHER2, successful projects will be given access to these resources. If projects plan to utilise other systems, you should ensure you have suitable resources available to complete the project successfully. Please contact and arrange this access with the relevant service provider before submission.

Funding and eligibility

Funding can be requested for staff located at the institution of the PI, third parties, or can include staff from the centralised CSE support team or a mixture of the above. Funding can be requested for between 1 and 36 person months in total.

Reasonable travel will be funded for travel within the UK to meetings with other project partners. In addition to this, travel funds may be requested to send each technical member of staff to one national or international conference or workshop to help disseminate their work on the project.

When submitting your proposal, all costs must be included in your submission. Please ensure your budget is accurate and inclusive of all costs before submission and that you provide a costing breakdown. Please see the guidance document for details of allowable costs and associated documents.

Application and Review Process

Information and guidelines on how to apply for eCSE funding can be found in our Application Guidance document. After final submission, all proposal documents will then be passed to the review panel who will make decisions on ranking and any award of funding.

The proposal template should be submitted via the ARCHER2 SAFE.

Reports and eCSE staff requirements

A detailed technical report is required at the end of the project. A template is provided for the report will be provided to successful candidates.

Intellectual Property

IPR will belong to the project, alt.g. converting CUDA-based software to run on a wider range of architectures)