Allocation of national e-infrastructure resources in 2020.1

The allocation period 2020.1 will start 1 April. Almost 2000 researchers affiliated to 400 different research projects have been granted allocations on the national e-infrastructure resources.

The current Resource Allocation Committee has recently had their biannual allocation meeting, discussing the scientific merit of the incoming research applications for period 2020.1.

Nearly 365 million CPU-hours have been allocated to about 300 different research projects, while more than 100 projects have received nearly 10.5 PB in total on the national e-infrastructure resources for HPC and scientific data. In addition, xxx  has been allocated to projects in need for sensitive data.

New supercomputer Betzy

The newly installed HPC-machine Betzy will be put through its final stages of acceptance testing shortly after Easter.
Betzy, in particular designed for highly parallel computing research applications, has, with its 172 032 cores, a theoretical computing capacity of approximately 1,5 billion CPU-hours per year.

The machine is expected to become available to pilot users during the current 2020.1 allocation period. Both Betzy and the previously commissioned HPC-machine Saga is hosted by NTNU.

What about the old HPC facilities?

The two supercomputers Stallo and Vilje are all past their prime, and will eventually retire. When the new Betzy system is ready for production, current projects will be relocated to Betzy, Fram and Saga, and Vilje and Stallo will be eventually be shut down.

All projects being moved to another system will have a quota on their old and new systems for an overlapping time period to ensure a smooth migration. All projects migrating to another platform will be informed in due time before migration is about to start.

HPC Feature: Optimist queue

On a heavily loaded system, applications  with checkpoint-restart (CR) capabilities might start faster, and hence experience better turnaround times than ordinary applications. CR capability means that an application running in the queue system might be terminated and rescheduled, continuing from the previous point of termination. The feature is currently available on Saga and Fram only. 

No further NIRD expansion

NIRD will not be further expanded before the next procurement process has been completed, which is at the end of 2021. For this reason Sigma2 strongly advice users of NIRD projects to implement strategies to delete, download locally and/or archive data that are no longer used for project activities.

In addition, we strongly encourage archival of data that have been published and can therefore be shared openly, since the archive storage is free of charge and data in the archive can be easily cited through the assigned Persistent Identifier (DOI).

Did you miss the deadline? 

Proposals might be submitted outside the regular calls. However, such applications will only be processed after the start of the next period. New proposals are processed continuously. 

If a project exhausts its allocations before the end of the on-going allocation period, the project manager can also submit a request for an extra allocation for the remainder of the period. There are no deadlines for such requests. Requests for extra allocations are subject to available capacity on the facilities. T
his also applies to proposals submitted outside regular calls.

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