E-infrastructure resources allocated to 2000 reseachers

The allocation period 2019.1 started 1 April. Almost 2000 researchers affiliated to nearly 400 research projects have been granted allocations on the national e-infrastructure resources

The current Resource Allocation Committee has recently had their biannual allocation meeting, discussing the scientific merit of the incoming research applications for period 2019.1.

Nearly 365 million CPU hours have been allocated to about 280 different compute projects, while about 100 projects have received nearly 8.2 PB storage on the national e-infrastructure resources scientific data. In addition, 1.1 PB storage and 7 million CPU hours have been allocated to projects in need for e-Infrastructure for sensitive data. Information about the compute and storage allocation for 2019.1 has been sent out to all project leaders. 


Saga soon in production

The newly procured HPC-machine Saga, will be shipped from the factory immediately after Easter. Saga, in particular designed for bioinformatics and more data-driven research applications, has a computing capacity of approximately 85 million CPU hours per year. The machine is expected to become available to pilot users during the current 2019.1 allocation period.
Both Saga and the upcoming HPC-B1 machine will be hosted by NTNU. This will then complete the intended data centric architecture for the national e-infrastructure for research, with two storage facilities closely connected to a corresponding HPC and service platform compute facilities, and data geo-replicated between the two sites.


What about the old HPC facilities? 

The three supercomputers Abel, Stallo and Vilje are all past their prime, and will eventually retire. However, both Stallo and Vilje are expected to be in production throughout the entire period. When the Saga system becomes available, projects will be offered to move from Abel to Saga in an overlapping time window, for which both machines will be in production. Sigma2 will provide concrete information for projects to be moved in due course. 


Consequences of the NIRD expansion

Notice that NIRD is undergoing an expansion during April 2019. The new quotas or increased quotas on NIRD will therefore be available from May 2019. In case of urgent need for expanded quota, do not hesitate to contact Sigma2.  Quotas in TSD were made available from 1 April.


Report expected under-usage

It might be difficult to estimate an exact amount of resources a project is expecting to use. However, for Sigma2 it is important to have a good overview of expected usage on the resources and we assume an even consumption of the grant throughout the allocation period. Therefore, project leaders are always encouraged to inform by email if you figure out that a significant part of the received allocation will not be used.


Did you miss the deadline?

Proposals can be submitted outside the regular calls. However, such applications will only be processed after the start of the next period. New proposals are processed continuously. If a project exhausts its allocations before the end of the on-going allocation period, the project manager can also submit a request for an extra allocation for the remainder of the period. There are no deadlines for such requests. Requests for extra allocations are subject to available capacity on the facilities. This also applies to proposals submitted outside regular calls.