Allocation of national e-infrastructure resources in 2020.2

The allocation period 2020.2 started 1 October. Almost 1500 researchers affiliated to 460 different research projects have been granted allocations on the national e-infrastructure resources.

The current Resource Allocation Committee, with three new members, has recently had their biannual allocation meeting, discussing the scientific merit of the incoming research applications for period 2020.2.

Nearly 477 million CPU-hours have been allocated to about 300 different research projects, while more than 100 projects have received nearly 11 PB in total on the national e-infrastructure resources for HPC and scientific data. In addition, around 1.3 PB and 4.8 million CPU-hours have been allocated to projects in need of services for sensitive data.

Minutes from the RFK-meeting, and the yearly RFK strategy seminar are availble here (both in Norwegian).

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. This also applies to proposals submitted outside regular calls.

More useful information can be found on our support pages for project leaders and users.

Get ready for Betzy

The newly installed HPC-machine Betzy is currently going through its final stages of acceptance testing, unfortunately delayed by the Covid-19-pandemic.
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.

Migration between HPC facilities

As the old supercomputers Stallo and Vilje are past their prime, projects have been distributed across Betzy, Fram and Saga.
All projects being moved to another system will have a quota on both their old and new systems for an overlapping time period to ensure a smooth migration.

HPC Feature: Optimist jobs

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.
Click for more information about optimist jobs

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).

Data Management Plan Requirement

From the next period (2021.1) all applications for storage should be complemented with a Data Management Plan (DMP) covering the period of the project lifetime and indicating the measures that will be adopted for managing the data at the end of the project. Already existent DMPs might be sent in PDF format directly to the Sigma2 administration. Alternatively, a DMP can be created by using either the H2020 template, the Science Europe or the Sigma2 DMP template in easyDMP. The use of easyDMP will allow modification, versioning, revision and print out of the created DMP to be re-used for other applications.