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Call for Projects

Call for Projects

The HPI Future SOC Lab offers researchers free of charge access to a powerful infrastructure to conduct their research activities.

Over 175 research projects were supported by our lab since it was launched together with EMC, Fujitsu, HP, and SAP in 2010.

Highlights of our offerings include:

  • A 1000 Core compute cluster comprising 25 nodes of 40 cores and 1TB RAM each,
  • HP Converged Cloud (32 blades à 12 Cores and à 64 GB RAM) private cloud solution,
  • Server systems with up to 64 cores and 2 TB of main memory,
  • GPU Computing system (latest NVIDIA Tesla K20X and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors)
  • SAP HANA (SPS7), Suite on HANA, and BW on HANA.

Topics of interest for the HPI Future SOC Lab include but are not limited to:

  • Service-oriented computing (SOC) and efficient management of concurrency and memory,
  • Cloud Computing for engineering and hosting distributed applications,
  • New applications exploring new ways of data processing, such as in-memory technology,
  • Multicore architectures / GPU,
  • Hybrid Computing,
  • On-demand delivery models for business applications.

Researchers can apply to gain access to this infrastructure by submitting project proposals. Project proposals are reviewed and approved by a Steering Committee which is led by the head of HPI, Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, and which comprises representatives from HPI and the industrial partners, EMC, Fujitsu, HP, and SAP.

All proposals must be submitted by March 26, 2014 (extended).

The Steering Committee decisions will be announced as part of the Future SOC Lab Day on April 09, 2014.

Projects are approved for the length of one FSOC Lab period, which starts April 09 and is approximately six months long. Proposals for follow-up projects can be submitted in subsequent call for projects, with the next one being published in fall 2014.

Project proposal

Your project proposals should be short and concise. There is no formal template you have to follow for your submissions but the structure of the project proposal should follow this list:

  • Project title
  • Principal investigator, contact author and research institution
    • Optional: Additional participants and institutions
  • Management summary of your proposal (max. 50 words)
  • Short abstract (max. 300 words) and further insight into the proposed research activities
    • Approach to address the research topic,
    • Project plan,
    • References to prior practical experience or related publications.
  • Required Future SOC Lab resources (hardware and software) for the six months to come (the FSOC Lab period)
    • For how long and as of when do you plan to access to the required resources? (e.g. 40 hours for testing and another 80 hours to run experiments beginning in January 2014 or three months beginning in April 2014)
    • Is exclusive access to the required hardware resources required (Yes/No)? If yes, for how long?
    • What resources do you require for your research?
      (  ) Cluster - Please specify the amount of nodes needed
      (  ) Multi-core server - Please specify your preference:
          (  ) HP Server with 2 TB RAM and 64 cores
          (  ) Fujitsu Server with 1 TB RAM and 32 cores
      (  ) Coprocessors - Please specify your preference:
          (  ) NVIDIA Tesla K20X
          (  ) Intel Xeon Phi
      (  ) Virtual Machines - Please specify the amount and sizing
      (  ) HP Converged Cloud
      (  ) Storage - Please specify your requirements in detail
      (  ) Database - Please specify your requirements in detail
          (  ) SAP HANA Instance - What is the data footprint?
              (  ) SAP HANA Predictive Analysis Library (PAL)
              (  ) R
              (  ) Others - Please specify
          (  ) Other Database - Please specify
      (  ) Software
          (  ) SAP ERP on HANA        
          (  ) SAP BW on HANA
          (  ) Other software - Please specify
      (  ) Remote Desktop Connection - Please specify your requirements in detail
  • Biography of Contact Author (max. 150 words)
    • Optional: Biographies of Additional Participants

Please do not hesitate to get back to us in case of questions or comments.

Contact and Proposal Submission: futuresoc-lab-info(at)hpi-web.de

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