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CISL's advisory panel on high-performance computing and services is the CISL HPC Allocations Panel (CHAP). The CHAP's primary responsibility 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 deadline for Large Allocation Requests will be announced in early 2016.
CHAP members are appointed to three-year terms by the CISL Associate Director, and meetings are scheduled twice a year, usually in May 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.