Call for e-infrastructure resources 2019.1

The deadline for applying for allocations for period 2019.1 is Monday 18 February 2019 and the earliest project start is 1 April 2019.

 

Applications for compute (HPC) and storage resources

The current national e-infrastructure for research and higher education in Norway consists of the three computing facilities Fram, Stallo and Abel.

NIRD, the National Infrastructure for Research Data, offers to researchers the possibility to store large volume of research data. Data stored on NIRD can be analysed either on the new generation of HPC systems or on the NIRD Toolkit, the new generation of on-demand computing services connected to NIRD.  

Refer to Sigma2’s website for more information about the HPC and storage infrastructure resources, as well as the NIRD Toolkit.
 

Applications for small scale exploratory work

UNINETT Sigma2 offers immediate access to the national e-infrastructure for projects with needs for limited resources through the Small-Scale Exploratory Work (SSEW) program. The program is primarily intended for researchers that want to explore and test the HPC and storage e-infrastructure. Through the SSEW program, Sigma2 also supports activities requiring resources in a limited time-frame (less then 3 months), such a courses, training and workshops. 

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 for compute and storage resources is limited to a maximum of 10,000 CPU-hours and 5 TiB respectively. The maximum length of an allocation is 3 months.

Refer to www.sigma2.no/small-scale-applications for information about SSEW resources.
 

Applications for Services for sensitive data (TSD)

Services for Sensitive Data (TSD) is a platform to store, compute and analyse research sensitive data in compliance with Norwegian regulations regarding individuals’ privacy. TSD is developed and operated by UiO in partnership with UNINETT Sigma2. Research projects  may apply through this call if:

  • The project needs HPC compute resources
  • The project needs 10 TiB or more storage capacity

Projects that are granted resources in TSD through this call, will have to register for access to TSD through the standard TSD application, if they do not have already access to the infrastructure.

Refer to www.uio.no/english/services/it/research/sensitive-data/access for more information about getting access to TSD.

 

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

 

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 (RCN)
  • 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 that holds a permanent position or is a postdoctoral fellow.
 
 

Application evaluation

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

 

Contribution model

Sigma2 has introduced a financial contribution model in order to increase the funding base for national e-infrastructure.

Costs for storage and HPC resources will be applied to projects funded after summer 2018 with the following needs for resources and funding characteristics: 

  • Projects requiring more than 10 TiB storage resources, any type of funding; 
  • Projects requiring HPC resources, RCN funded with more than 15 MNOK which have budgeted for e-infrastructure (such as projects in the SFF and INFRASTRUCTURE programs); 
  • Projects requiring TSD resources, any type of funding. 

More information about the contribution model  

More information about the cost for TSD projects