Call for e-infrastructure resources 2019.2

The deadline for applying for allocations for period 2019.2 is Sunday 25 August 2019 and the earliest project start is 1 October 2019.

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

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 

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. 

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

 

SMALL SCALE EXPLORATORY (SSEW) applications

  • This category targets individual researchers and research groups that are not familiar with using HPC and storage resources and would like to build experience and install applications to explore the feasibility of the e-infrastructure. 
  • An application for a SSEW allocation resources is limited to a maximum of 10.000 CPU-hours and 5 TB respectively.  
  • The maximum length of an allocation is 3 months. 
  • Allocations be requested via a simplified free-text application submitted by email to sigma2@uninett.no, describing purpose and software needs 
  • Allocations can be submitted at any time. 

  COMPUTING (HPC) and STORAGE applications

  • This category provides scientists access to computing and storage facilities and software with a far greater capacity than is normally available at department and faculty levels.  
  • Applicants 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. 
  • The work to be carried out must meet requirements for scientific quality. All applications will be evaluated on scientific merit and granted by the Resource Allocation Committee (RFK), normally twice a year. 
  • Refer to https://documentation.sigma2.no/ or https://www.sigma2.no/content/research-data for more information.

 SERVICES FOR SENSITIVE DATA (TSD) applications

  • This category offers a platform to store, compute and analyse on research sensitive 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 
    • The project needs 10 TB or more storage capacity
  • TSD is developed and operated by UiO in partnership with UNINETT Sigma2,and is a part of the national infrastructure. 
  • Projects that are granted resources in TSD through this call, will have to register for access to TSD through the standard TSD application 

 ADVANCED USER SUPPORT (AUS) applications

  • This category offers help that goes beyond the general (basic) user support to provide specialized and more in-depth competence to a research group or community.
  • Applicants should be responsible for an on-going project on the HPC and/or data storage resources, or have the intention to become responsible for such project. 
  • Applications for project-based AUS are evaluated by the RFK.
  • The RFK grants 2-3 PMs spent over a maximum of 6 months, but is open to consider larger projects. 
  • www.sigma2.no/content/advanced-user-support-0 

 NIRD TOOLKIT applications

  • This category offers a self-service portal where scientists may choose various tools and computational capacity needed for their research.
  • Among the tools are pre/post processing analysis, data intensive processing, visualization, artificial intelligence and machine learning.  
  • Allocations can be requested via a simplified free-text application submitted by email to sigma2@uninett.no, describing purpose and needs. 
  • Allocations can be submitted at any time. 
  • Refer to www.sigma2.no/content/nird-toolkit for more information.

How to apply?  

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 

When is the deadline?  

The deadline for applying for HCP, Storage and TSD allocations for period 2019.2 is 25 August 2019.  Applications for SSEW, NIRD Toolkit and Advanced User Support can be submitted at any time. 

Application evaluation 

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

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 

User contribution model 

HPC, Storage services and TSD services are subject to a user contribution model. Cost for the resources will depend on the funding supporting the research project.