CISL's advisory panel on high-performance computing and services is the CISL HPC Advisory Panel (CHAP). One of the CHAP's primary responsibilities is to assess the merit of large computing requests for CISL supercomputers and related resources. The panel accepts computing proposals from U.S. university researchers in the atmospheric and closely related sciences who are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CHAP recommends action with respect to a prospective user's request on the basis of the computational experimental design, computational effectiveness, and availability of computing resources.
The next CHAP meeting will be in May 2014 to review requests submitted for the April 7, 2014 deadline. The next deadline for Large Allocation Requests will be in fall 2014. Updated Resource Summary document instructions are now available.
In its advisory role, the CHAP consults with and advises the CISL directors on matters of scientific and technical policy and procedure; reviews the current status and future plans for CISL as reported by the CISL directors; and makes appropriate recommendations, critical reviews, and future requirements concerning CISL HPC resources. After each meeting the CHAP Chair prepares a summary of the CHAP's findings and recommendations in a letter to the Director of NCAR.
CHAP members are appointed to three-year terms by the CISL Associate Director, and meetings are scheduled twice a year, usually in April and October. NSF's program coordinator for NCAR and Facilities Section, Dr. Sarah Ruth, attends the semi-annual meetings and provides guidance from the NSF.