High Performance Computing (hpc) Information hpc available to ncar researchers



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High Performance Computing (HPC) Information

HPC Available to NCAR Researchers through NCAR / CISL

https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/docs/allocations

  1. NCAR Lab Grant

    1. Supports NCAR base research and allocated according to NCAR’s strategic priorities.

      1. Small to medium size activities including joint work with collaborators, workshops, training activities, and work by visiting, post doc or graduate student researchers

    2. Grants average 10 million core hours / year for each lab



  1. NCAR Director’s Reserve

    1. Allocated at the discretion of the NCAR director and used to accommodate work that does not fit within other allocations



  1. NCAR Strategic Capability (NSC) – Requires NCAR Executive Committee Review

    1. Large-scale projects that align with NCAR’s scientific priorities and strategic plans

    2. Competitive process open to NCAR scientists

    3. May be linked to non-NSF awards

    4. Grants average 7 million core hours and range between 3 and 14 million core hours



  1. Climate Simulation Laboratory (CSL) - Requires Panel Review

    1. Supports extremely demanding, high-profile climate simulations

    2. Competitive process open to all investigators with NSF awards

      1. Grants average 10 million core hours for 4-6 non CESM projects each year

      2. Preference given to collaborative group efforts

    3. Two thirds of available CSL allocations are awarded to the 12 CESM Working Groups

      1. Allocations to community are managed by the CESM Working Groups


HPC Available to University Researchers through NCAR / CISL

https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/docs/allocations

  1. Small Request (Does not require panel review)

    1. University investigators can apply under an associated NSF grant

      1. Up to 200,000 core hours



  1. Large Request (Requires CISL HPC Advisory Panel (CHAP) Review)

    1. University investigators can apply under an associated NSF grant

      1. More than 200,000 core hours

      2. Grants have ranged from 200,000 to 9 million core hours



  1. Unsponsored Post Doc, Graduate Student, New Faculty Scientist Request

    1. Grant up to 100,000 core hours is available. Allows students access to modeling in support of their Ph.D. research, provide allocations in support of seed grants for post docs and new faculty. Requirements are:

      1. Must work in the atmospheric sciences

      2. Their work does not lie within the scope of an associated NSF grant

      3. They do not have funding to pay for computer time



  1. Climate Simulation Laboratory (CSL)

    1. Supports extremely demanding, high-profile climate simulations

    2. University investigators can apply under an associated NSF grant

      1. Grants average 10 million core hours for 4-6 non-CESM projects each year

      2. Preference given to collaborative group efforts

    3. Two thirds of available CSL allocations are awarded to the 12 CESM Working Groups

      1. Allocations to the community are managed by the CESM Working Groups


External HPC Options Available to Both NCAR & University Researchers

There are other options for high performance computing available to both NCAR and university researchers. These include the XSEDE User Portal and agency specific computing, such as DOE, DOD and NASA high-performance computing.



  1. XSEDE is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data and expertise. XSEDE resources are broadly categorized as High Performance Computing, High Throughput Computing, Visualization, Storage and Data Services.

    1. Principal investigator (PI) must be a researcher or educator at a U.S. based institution, including federal research labs or commercial organizations

    2. Investigators from NCAR can only apply if NCAR does not provide resources of adequate scope

    3. Investigators with support from any funding source, not just NSF, can apply

    4. Will accept any size re quest

    5. https://portal.xsede.org/allocation-policies



  1. Federal Agency (DOE, NASA, etc.) High Performance Computers

Federal agencies such as DOE, DOD, NASA, etc. offer high performance computing access to researchers with funded projects through those agencies through a peer review process

    1. NASA High End Computing – Science Mission Directorate

    2. http://hec.nasa.gov/request/process.html

      1. Allocation decisions depend on user requests and time available

    3. DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research

    4. http://science.energy.gov/ascr/facilities/accessing-ascr-facilities/alcc/

      1. In 2013, 39 ALCC grants ranged from 3 to 250 million process hours

      2. In 2014, 56 INCITE projects will share 6 billion core hours

Universities with High Performance Computing Resources

The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) is an alliance of 82 of America’s most forward thinking research universities, national labs and computing centers. CASC is dedicated to providing researchers with one of the most important scientific tools: Computation. CASC members must have a higher education affiliation with academic scientific computing centers.

The following is a list of universities that are members of CASC and have readily available access to high performance computing. At a later date, NCAR Budget and Planning will review the university websites to determine the level of computing resources the universities have access to as a way to compare whether or not NCAR’s use of computing creates an unfair advantage over others.

Arizona State University University of Arkansas

Boston University University of Buffalo

Brown University University of California Berkeley

California Institute of Technology University of California Los Angeles

Carnegie-Mellon University University of California San Diego

Case Western Reserve University University of Chicago

City University of New York University of Colorado Boulder

Clemson University University of Connecticut

Columbia University University of Florida

Cornell University University of Georgia

Florida State University University of Hawaii

George Washington University University of Houston

Georgia Institute of Technology University of Illinois

Harvard University University of Iowa

Icahn School of Medicine University of Kentucky

Indiana University University of Louisville

Johns Hopkins University University of Maryland

Louisiana State University University of Miami

Michigan State University University of Michigan

Mississippi State University University of Nebraska

New York University University of Nevada, Las Vegas

North Dakota State University University of New Mexico

Northwestern University University of North Carolina

Ohio State University University of Notre Dame

Pennsylvania State University University of Oklahoma

Princeton University University of Pittsburgh

Purdue University University of South Florida

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of Southern California

Rice University University of Tennessee

Rutgers University University of Utah

Stanford University University of Virginia

Stony Brook University University of Washington

Texas A&M University University of Wisconsin

Texas Tech University University of Wyoming

University of Alaska Fairbanks Virginia Tech University



University of Arizona West Virginia University

Yale University

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