HPC and storage resources allocated to our researchers

The allocation period 2019.2 starts today, 1 October. Almost 2000 researchers affiliated to nearly 400 research projects are now 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 367 million CPU hours have been allocated to about 280 different compute projects, while about 100 projects have received nearly 9.2 PB storage on the national e-infrastructure resources scientific data. 

What's next for the HPC and storage facilities?

The three supercomputers Abel, Stallo and Vilje are all past their prime, and will eventually retire. However, we expect the Fram, Stallo and Vilje systems to be in production throughout the entire period. Abel will be taken out of national service during this autumn, but the Abel replacement machine Saga is now in production, and projects with an allocation on Abel are kindly asked to migrate their work to Saga as soon as possible. The newly procured Betzy-system is expected to be available during the first half of 2020. 

An expansion of the NIRD Storage capacity is due by the end of 2019, while TSD storage expansion is planned during spring 2020. 

Please 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? 

No worries!
Proposals can be submitted outside the regular calls. However, such applications will only be processed after the start of the next period.

On the other hand, 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. Although requests for extra allocations are subject to available capacity on the facilities. This also applies to proposals submitted outside regular calls.