call for resources

Call for e-infrastructure resources 2022.1

The deadline for applying for e-infrastructure resources is 1 February 2022.

Do you need computing or storage resources?

Sigma2 provides e-infrastructure resources to meet the needs of researchers from all areas of science. The resources are made available through application procedures to support the best Norwegian research. 

Applications for resources for the period 2022.1

Applications are evaluated by a Resource Allocation Committee (RFK),  according to the Guidelines for Resource Allocation on the national e-infrastructure, and the resources are allocated for 6 months.

It is important to apply to regular calls. This is due to the RFK assigning allocations to projects a few weeks before the start of each allocation period.

Application deadline

Applications arriving after this particular date will be case-handled after the allocation period has started, 1 April.

RFK working group (NIRD + TSD)

Before the RFK-meeting, a working group, whose members have good knowledge of the characteristics and status of the resources and of the (existing) projects that use the e-infrastructure, meets. The working group aims to support the RFK in the technical evaluation of the proposals.

RFK working group (HPC)
RFK allocation meeting (HPC)

The RFK evaluates HPC proposals based on scientific merit and the evaluation of science of the research activity and documented needs.

RFK allocation meeting (NIRD + TSD)

The RFK evaluates Nird storage and TSD proposals based on scientific merit and the evaluation of science of the research activity and documented needs.

Start of allocation period 2022.1

Computing and storage applications

This category provides access to computing and NIRD storage facilities, as well as software, with a far greater capacity than is normally available at department and faculty levels.   

The work to be carried out must meet requirements for scientific quality. All applications will be evaluated and eventually granted by the RFK based on the scientific merit. 

It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide all the information required to evaluate the applications. Computing and storage application must include funding sources and report scientific results, including records of publications connected with the performed activities, for any previous granted allocations. Application for storage must include a valid Data Management Plan. See Sec. “Mandatory Requirements”.

If the application qualifies, and there is not enough space for a LUMI allocation in the national quota, projects might be allocated to Betzy (LUMI-C applications only), or support will be provided to apply for the EuroHPC EU partition.

Services for sensitive data applications (TSD)

This category offers a platform to store, compute and analyse on sensitive research data in compliance with Norwegian regulations regarding individuals’ privacy. Research projects may apply for TSD through this call if the project needs HPC compute resources or/and capacity storage for sensitive research data.  

Services for Data Analytics

NIRD Service Platform is a Kubernetes based data analytics platform allowing pre/post-processing, visualization, and AI/ML workflows. Researchers that have a data storage project might apply for access to the resources on the NIRD Service Platform. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year by sending a mail to contact@sigma2.no. Further guidance will then be provided.

Services for Advanced User Support, SSEW and CRaaS

Some resources can be applied for throughout the year. These are evaluated by the Sigma2 administration.

Resources for testing are available outside calls. Similarly, applications for Advanced User Support (AUS), the Course Resources as a Service (CRaaS) and Small-scale Exploratory Work (SSEW) are accepted continuously. Apply by sending an e-mail to contact@sigma2.no.

Who can apply? 

Individuals and groups from the following Norwegian organizations can apply for access to the the national e-infrastructure resources:  

  • Norwegian universities and university colleges  

  • Governmental Research Centers  

  • Entities or projects financed by the Ministry of Education and Research or the Research Council of Norway  

  • Norwegian hospitals

  • Industrial parties  

Furthermore, to apply for Sigma2 resources you have to fulfill the criteria for applicants for the type of allocation in question.    

Written agreements may be established with Sigma2 for other usage of the resources. Organizations that do not fall in the above categories but would like to have access, should contact Sigma2. 

How to apply?

The online application form and status of existing allocations is available on the Metacenter Administrative System (MAS) – our online application tool service for researchers using the national e-infrastructure resources.  

Go to the application page

Please read the guide below prior to applying.

Guide on how to apply for resources

When to apply?

The deadline for applying for national e-infrastructure allocations for period 2022.1 is  01.02.2022

Mandatory requirements

Funding sources
A mandatory requirement in the application scheme is to provide the funding sources. This information is essential to justify the continuing operation and development of the national e-infrastructure.  
 
Report on scientific results 
It is also a mandatory requirement that project leaders report the scientific results of previous allocations by linking the allocation project ID to their scientific publications in Cristin

Please note that it is necessary to link project numbers for both HPC and storage to the publications. 

How to report usage through Cristin

We encourage all project leaders to check if their publications are correctly tagged in Cristin and visible in Metacenter Administration System (MAS).

Data Management Plan
Applications for storage must be complemented with a Data Management Plan, either created with easyDMP or with any other approved tool.

User contribution

HPC, NIRD storage services and Services for Sensitive Data are subject to a User Contribution Model. The cost of the resources depends on the funding supporting the research project.

Please visit User Contribution Model for details.