Today, simulations come into play where experiments are no longer possible or the traditional method no longer suffice. Scientists from an increasing number of disciplines are thus resorting to high-performance computers for their research.
In the competition for precious computer time, a transparent review process conducted by an independent committee of specialists decides how the time should be allocated. Every project proposal is evaluated by two scientists who belong to academic establishments from around the world and two technical experts from CSCS. An independent expert committee ultimately decides on the allocation of the computer time in a final evaluation based on these assessments. The painstaking procedure is designed to guarantee that all projects are treated equally and that all promising projects can be implemented on high-performance computers.