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QIS@Perlmutter Call for Proposals AY2024

Call for Proposals for the 2024 Allocation Year

NERSC is seeking project proposals to conduct research using NERSC’s Perlmutter supercomputer in the area of quantum information science (QIS) through its QIS@Perlmutter program.

Applicants with projects in all areas of quantum information science are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to the following:

  • Quantum simulation of materials and chemical systems
  • Algorithms for compilation and simulation of quantum circuits
  • Error mitigation for quantum computing,
  • Development/testing of hybrid quantum-classical algorithms
  • Software development for the quantum computing stack
  • Interactions between quantum computing systems and/or accelerators and traditional HPC systems

Up to 20,000 Perlmutter graphical processing unit (GPU) node hours may be awarded to accepted proposals. (Each Perlmutter GPU node contains four A100 GPUs.) 

The latest version of CUDA Quantum from NVIDIA is available for high performance hybrid quantum applications, in addition to the latest version of cuQuantum for both state vector and tensor network simulation on GPUs, as well as other relevant software.

Successful applicants will also be able to partner with NERSC and vendor staff on topics such as utilizing GPUs or optimizing their workflows.

Award Criteria

Proposals that demonstrate a plan to take advantage of the salient features of Perlmutter (6,000+ NVIDIA A100 GPUs, all-flash scratch file system) will be given preference, as will projects that can show a strong benefit to current or future Department of Energy Office of Science research objectives or society at large.

Projects must be executed within a six-month period. Awardees will be required to report progress regularly to NERSC and provide a summary at the end of the six-month term.

Awards are for the NERSC 2024 Allocation Year, which runs through January 15, 2025.

Eligibility and Application Process

This is an open call and is not limited to current NERSC users. NERSC is a Department of Energy Office of Science national user facility for open scientific research and all research results must be published in open scientific journals or presented in open forums. Projects must also abide by the usual NERSC Appropriate Use Policies. If the proposed research is not federally funded, an Institutional User Agreement will be required.

Applications for the 2024 Allocation Year are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Submissions made by March 1, 2024 will be given full consideration.


Contact Katie Klymko, Daan Camps, or Neil Mehta for further information.

Apply for QIS@Perlmutter

About NERSC and Berkeley Lab
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility that serves as the primary high performance computing center for scientific research sponsored by the Office of Science. Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, NERSC serves almost 10,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities researching a wide range of problems in climate, fusion energy, materials science, physics, chemistry, computational biology, and other disciplines. Berkeley Lab is a DOE national laboratory located in Berkeley, California. It conducts unclassified scientific research and is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy. »Learn more about computing sciences at Berkeley Lab.