Free computing is the topic of the week. We recently posted about the Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Center giving away two months of system time and Amazon’s offer of a free year on AWS. Now the University of Canterbury is offering up a million free hours of use of its BlueFern supercomputer facility.
To help researchers tackle their largest scientific problems, Canterbury established the BlueFern HPC Grand Challenge. The award will also act as a pathway to overseas programs such as the American INCITE program that awards tens of millions of hours on supercomputers worldwide.
The challenge’s major award is going to the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington who will use BlueFern to run a 3D ice sheet model to analyse glacier growth and decay over the last 100,000 years.