Call for e-infrastructure resources

The deadline for applying for allocations for period 2017.2 is 21 August 2017. The earliest project start is 1 October 2017.

 

Applications for HPC resources

The current national e-infrastructure for research and higher education in Norway consists of three computing facilities, physically located in Oslo and Tromsø.  The new high performance computer, Fram, will start production and become available to researchers in mid-2017. Refer to www.sigma2.no/Fram for technical details on Fram.

Projects granted time on Hexagon and Vilje in previous allocation periods will be moved to the Fram system during the current allocation period (2017.1 ending 30 September), starting with the largest allocations. The project manager, additional responsible (XO) and all registered project users will be informed when the project is about to be migrated. Users will retain their Hexagon or Vilje credentials, although passwords may be reset if requested.

 

NEW: Applications for small scale exploratory work

To explore feasibility of the e-infrastructure, it is possible to apply for a small scale HPC allocation. Such allocations are granted on the basis of a simplified free-text application submitted by email to sigma2@uninett.no, describing:

  • Purpose
  • Anticipated resource needs
  • Software needs
  • Duration
IMPORTANT: A small scale allocation is limited to a maximum of 5,000 CPU-hours.

Applications for storage resources

NIRD (National Infrastructure for Research Data) replaces the current data storage system Norstore as well as provides data-storage for the new generation of HPC systems. NIRD provides services to end-users by combining a modern data-centric architecture with cutting-edge technology. The demands for performance are significantly increased compared to Norstore, due to the tight interaction with the HPC system and on-demand services such as data analytics and visualization.

The transition from the existing infrastructure in Oslo to the new NIRD infrastructure in Tromsø and Trondheim will occur during June-Sept. Project allocations will be established on NIRD as soon as practically possible, while the existing data on Norstore will be migrated to NIRD on a best effort basis in the mentioned period.

Refer to www.sigma2.no/content/data-storage for further information about NIRD.

 

Online application tool

Sigma2 provides an online application tool service for researchers using the national e-infrastructure resources. Previous applications are available for reuse in the application tool. The online application form and status of existing allocations is available on

www.metacenter.no/mas/application/project

 

Who can apply?

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

  • 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
  • Industrial parties who contribute to the funding of the e-infrastructure

The resources in the national e-infrastructure are available for research and education, but written agreements may be established with UNINETT Sigma2 for other usage of the resources. Organizations that do not fall in the above categories but would like to have access, should contact UNINETT Sigma2.

The applicant must either hold a permanent position or be a postdoctoral fellow at his/her organization. Master students, PhD students and guest researchers cannot apply directly, but must arrange this via a superior (e.g., supervisor or host) that holds a permanent position or is a postdoctoral fellow at the organization.

 

Application evaluation

The decisions of the Resource Allocation Committee are governed by the Guidelines for Resource Allocation on the National e-infrastructure.

The Resource Allocation Committee assigns allocations to projects a few weeks before the start of each allocation period. It is therefore important to submit an application during the regular calls.

 

Mandatory requirements

UNINETT Sigma2 is constantly working to improve the quality of the incoming applications. 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. It is also a requirement that project leaders report the scientific results of ongoing projects by linking the allocation project ID to their scientific publications in CRIStin (www.cristin.no).