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Dear Users,

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is currently gathering requests for High-End Computing (HEC) time on NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility and NASA Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) resources for FY09Q1 awards to begin November 1, 2008 and expire October 31, 2009. A committee of SMD program managers will consider requests submitted via e-Books to the SMD rolling submission call by the September 20, 2008 deadline.

Please submit a request if:

  1. Your current project award expires on October 31, 2008, and you wish to continue the project;
  2. Your current project award expires on January 31, 2009, and you wish to continue the project;
  3. Your current project award has already expired, and you wish to continue the project;
  4. You will have used the entire allocation for a current project before the award expires; or
  5. You have SMD funding for a new project that you wish to begin November 1, 2008.

The URL for e-Books SMD computing time request submissions is:

If you have a current project, use the same e-Books user name and password you have been using. If not, follow the directions on the page linked above for obtaining a new username and password from e-Books. In your submission, request the time allocation you will need for the full award year beginning November 1, 2008. Please ensure that the amount of time you are requesting is typed correctly on the e-Books Allocation Request display, as it is difficult to make large increases after awards begin.

Note that unused allocations DO NOT carry over past the project award expiration date. You can check your current award expiration date in e-Books at the Award Administration e-Book for your project award under Award Management and then Contract Binder. Also note that greater weight will be given to continuation requests when requested reports have been filed in e-Books for current awards. In particular, pre-annual reports should include any explanation for low usage of current award allocations.

SMD HEC allocation policy has changed: no allocation can be made without action from SMD Approval Authorities during regular decision cycles, or without supporting documentation from individual funding managers at other times. Any awards granted out of the regular cycle will be small and require resubmission for the next regular cycle. The revised SMD allocation procedure is summarized in the SMD Call posted in e-Books.

For questions concerning the e-Books system contact ebooks@reisys.com.

For questions on the SMD HEC allocation process or your specific project, please contact support@hec.nasa.gov.

Sally Stemwedel, HEC Allocation Specialist
Global Science & Technology, Inc.
NASA/GSFC Code 606.3


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