Slovenian National Supercomputing Network

Regural research projects (RRPs)

Description: Regular research projects are intended as production uses of supercomputing capacities or data storage allocations when the requirements are not very large.

Amount of allocated resources: It will be determined for all projects together for one year in each call separately. Three call per year are planned.

Conditions for users: RRP projects are granted access for a maximum of 12 months with the possibility of extension based on a report and assessment of project progress with a total maximum length of two years from the granting of access. Computing resources are allocated according to SLING task scheduling standards; on certain systems, a special system of resource utilization rules may be in use.

Beneficiaries, review process and allocation: the applicant can apply for RRP projects to a permanent open call at any time, project applications are not subject to scientific review, and therefore the members of the field group of experts evaluate them according to technical feasibility and reasonableness. Once approved by a panel of experts, administrators can grant access.

Renewal option: RRP projects are awarded for one year with the possibility of extension based on the evaluation of the performance of the project work.

Project support: SLING provides high-level technical support to each RRP project, organized by a user support team. In specific cases, the applicant may request the support of experts at the time of application to solve specific problems or to ensure the optimization required by the project. Such support must be requested and justified by the applicant in the project application.

Limitations: The applicant can be the research leader for a maximum of one RRP project in each call period.

Project application: Project application is possible via the application form, the link to which is available with each current call.

Instructions for project application

Project applications are subject to an assessment of technical suitability and feasibility as well as a scientific review, so applications must include the following components, which you attach as files to the application form:

  • project proposal – should not be longer than 5 A4 pages with pictures and references (you can download a blank template here). The proposal must contain the following elements:
    • project name
    • summary (in a format suitable for publication on the website or in the infrastructure manager’s report)
    • socio-economic effects
    • scientific research goals,
    • description of algorithms and research methods, description of approach to parallelization
    • benchmarking and scaling
    • resource requirements, including information on infrastructure requirements – hardware type, processing capacity requirements, memory, disk capacity requirements, I/O and network requirements, dedicated hardware such as general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPU) or FPGA programmable circuits
    • needs for development and programming tools (compilers, libraries, debuggers, support, etc.)
    • project duration and planned project steps
    • results so far:
      • a list of granted accesses and a brief description of the work to date, which shows the technical areas of HPC use and the use of relevant programming languages
      • list of related publications with previous accesses
    • previous experience (brief outline of previous work, general experience and mastery of intensive computer processing, applications and programming languages, experience and anticipated needs for support in software preparation, translation, installation, optimization, etc.; add a list of possible previous projects)
    • list of participants in the project (name, organizations, username and identification data of existing users)
  • CV of applicants,
  • list of applicants’ publications,
  • a list of references, including previous applications and letters of support,
  • a statement that the applicant will comply with the rules on the use of resources, the rules of permissible use, and the obligation to mention the capacity provider in all publications based on the use of capacities, and the obligation to notify the local administrator in the event of unexpected events (blank template is available at available here)
  • signed and confirmed document with which you agree to the terms of the GDPR – signed by all project members (blank template available here).

Please note that a project application that lacks any of the listed mandatory components may be rejected.

Extension and work report

In order to extend the project, managers of multi-year projects must submit a progress report after one year, on the basis of which the extension of the project can be approved. The project will be suspended if the report is not submitted on time.

  • Leaders of conventional research projects (ORPs) that anticipate a duration of more than a year must submit a progress report to the Commission, together with justification of resource needs, at least one month before the end of the first year from the allocation of resources.
  • When renewing a project or applying for an extension, the project may request a maximum of 20% more resources than were approved in the original resource allocation.
  • Managers are also required to submit a project progress report every six months after the allocation of resources.
  • Progress reports and requests for extensions must contain a list of project collaborators, the amount of scientific research hours of dedicated scientific work by researchers on the project, and any references and publications (published or in the process of peer review) as well as data on the achievement of goals and project steps in relation to the original project application (blank template is available here)
  • After the completion of the project, the manager is obliged to submit a final report (a blank template is available here).

Requests for project extensions and all reports can be sent to