Who are using our supercomputers?

Who are using our supercomputers?

Supercomputers are critical to the success of researchers from a broad range of scientific disciplines across Norway. Who are these researchers in need of supercomputers?

Currently, there are nearly 1500 active e-infrastructure users altogether making use of the Sigma2 supercomputing and data storage resources. There are respectively 300 computing projects making use of the HPC facilities and more than 100 storage projects on NIRD.

The amount of allocations requested for both HPC and data storage indicates that the demand for resources continues to increase. In particular, researchers in climate modelling, life sciences, materials technology, physics, chemistry, geosciences and language technology have a wide-ranging need for reliable computing power and data storage.

Who are using our supercomputers?

Would you like to know what research projects that are using the Sigma2 supercomputing resources in the current allocation period?

All projects being granted computer time by the Resource Allocation Committee on the HPC computer and the data storage facilities in the current as well as previous allocation periods are available at our scientific projects overview webpage. 

The size of computing projects in terms of consumed CPU-hours has grown year after year. In the ongoing allocation period, the largest individual computation project is Solar Atmospheric Modelling, led by University of Oslo Professor Mats Carlsson. The astrophysics project will consume 40 million core hours in the ongoing allocation period.

All of the top 25 HPC projects are in the millions-range in CPU-hours of computing projects. 


Sigma2s top 10 HPC-projects in 2017

Project leader Project title CPU hours
Mats Carlsson Solar Atmospheric Modelling 40000000
Christoph Heinze NorClim - Climate of Norway and the Arctic in the 21st Century 25000000
Trygve Helgaker Periodic boundary calculations of metal-organic frameworks 18000000
De Chen Hydrogen production in a high temperature membrane reactor:advanced catalysis from atoms to process 12000000
Nathalie Reuter Membrane anchoring of Proteinase 3 10000000
Kjetill S. Jakobsen Vertebrate genome assembly with long reads from the PacBio 6500000
Bjørnar Pettersen Viscous flow around marine structures 6000000
Clas Persson Atomistic Modeling of Oxides for Solar-Energy Applications 6000000
Jianying He Wettability alteration and improved flow transport by engineering nanoparticles 6000000
Ladislav Kocbach Simulations of microscopic systems 5000000


Read more about the Resource Allocation Committee and their Guidelines for research allocation