CRaaS - Course Resources as a Service

Many courses taught at Norwegian universities require easy access to compute resources for the researcher and the students to be able to conduct teaching.

Examples may be courses where students learn about high-performance computing, computational physics, artificial intelligence, modelling or data processing and interpretation.

Course Resources as a Service (CRaaS) is a service for researchers and lecturers who need to use e-infrastructure resources in a course or workshop for research purposes.

Service description — What is CRaaS?

Course Resources as a Service (CRaaS) helps researchers who wants to provide courses or workshops with national e-infrastructure resources as a necessary tool. With CRaaS, you get  requested CPU-hours and storage resources on our supercomputers available in an easy and flexible manner.

If you are interested in using NIRD Toolkit for a course, please make sure that you can use any of the available packages prior to applying.

What is requires to get started?

 

Follow the steps below to get started

1. Verify your software

To ensure that your software can be used on our infrastructure, you need to contact the software team at support@nris.no to verify your software.

Please provide information about what software and versions you intend to run in the course/workshop, and that you intend to use the CRaaS service.
 

2. Submit the course details

Once you have received a confirmation from NRIS that your software stack can be used, you must provide details about your course in a separate application form.

This form must be submitted at least 15 days before your activity starts.

Application Form
 

3. Receive confirmation from Sigma2

When you have submitted your application form with details, we review this and confirm if we can offer the requested resources for your course/workshop.

We can only guarantee that we can provide the resources if you get a confirmation from us. 
 

5. Provide user details

The type, size and length of your activity determine what details we need you to provide us with.

You may be asked to fill out a spreadsheet if we need more information about your activity than you have already provided at this point.

Each user in your course/workshop needs to submit a user application to your allocated project via metacenter.no. Follow the instructions on how to apply for a user account.
 

5. Report results

After your course is conducted, we provide a form or a document where you are required to report the results from using our services.

 

How much does it cost?

The CRaaS service is free of charge.

Get access

To get access to the CRaaS service you must apply for resources and fulfill the following conditions:

User stories

About the national e-infrastructure services

Sigma2 works closely with the universities of Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø and NTNU to operate the national e-infrastructure services. The collaboration is called NRIS (Norwegian research infrastructure services) and we work together to fulfil our vision We enhance excellent research for a better world.

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