Small scale exploratory work

Sigma2 has a pool of compute time available for smaller projects which needs immediate access to a compute resource. To explore feasibility of the e-infrastructure resources, it is possible for researchers to apply for small scale HPC or storage access.

This might be you first step to an expanded use of e-infrastructure.

The maximum small scale allocations for compute and storage resources are 20 000 CPU-hours or 5 TB, respectively.
SSEW for HPC is currently only available on machines Fram and Saga, where each user is granted 500 GB of storage space.

Access to SSEW is granted for 3 months. Needs that go beyond this requires an ordinary project. Information about applications for such a project can be found here.

Please note that access to the project and storage space is removed after SSEW access expiry, so make sure to move your files out before the expiry date.

Who can get access?

Researchers holding a permanent position or being a postdoctoral fellow at his/her organization can apply for a SSEW, as for ordinary applications. In addition, master students, PhD students and guest researchers being affiliated with a Norwegian university or college can also apply for SSEW access.

Researchers who are already connected to an HPC project cannot apply for SSEW access.

How to apply for SSEW?

The application tool is not available for small scale applications. SSEW allocations are only granted on the basis of a simplified free-text application describing:

  • Purpose
  • Anticipated resource needs (Maximum 20 000 CPU-hours or 5 TB storage)
    • If HPC, average core count and memory requirements.
  • Software needs
  • Expected duration


Small scale proposals are submitted by sending a text email to