Account Renewals for FY 2017 and New Requirements on Project Description/Report

(1) Account Renewals for FY 2017

HPC accounts expire on September 1, 2016. This date marks the activation of the new 2017 "fiscal" year (FY2017) cycle for login accounts with corresponding processing time allocations and the automatic expiration of all corresponding FY2016 ones, on all systems. Users who by September 1st have approved FY2017 processing time allocations to their accounts will enjoy uninterrupted use of the supercomputers.

To secure uninterrupted and full use of your account on a supercomputing system, you must submit an application for an allocation on that system as soon as possible, and certainly no later than August 29. This is especially important when applying for large Research allocations to a computer account. Reminder: Students can only submit an application for a Basic allocation; postdocs and research associates can apply for a Basic and/or a Startup allocation; but PIs, in addition to Basic and Startup, can apply for a large Research allocation. A request for a Large allocation is recommended if a PI plans to sub-allocate chunks of time to collaborators. But a large research allocation must first be approved by the HPC Steering Committee (HPRC-RAC), which takes a bit of time.

How do I submit an application for an allocation?
Submit an application at https://hprc.tamu.edu/accounts/apply/

What if I do not have an approved allocation by September 1?
In such a case, you will not be able to run batch jobs. You will be able to only login and carry out minor interactive processing until October 1, 2017. On that date, if you still do not have an approved application, your account will be shut down, and you will lose login access as well.


How do I speed up approval of my application?
Providing correct and adequate information helps a lot. Two things that commonly cause delays are grossly inadequate research descriptions and incorrect specification of the PI's NetID, name or e-mail address. Sometimes a weak justification for a large Research allocation can also cause delays.

You can submit an application for a FY2017 allocation any time you want; however, users who wait past August 29 risk interruption of full access. So, please submit renewal or new requests as soon as possible.

PLEASE DISREGARD THIS NOTICE IF YOU HAVE ALREADY APPLIED FOR A FY2017 ALLOCATION.

(2) Project Description (PDF) Required in Account Application

As per our new policy draft (https://hprc.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/HPRC:Policies:Allocations-Draft), a large Research allocation application requires uploading a project description (pdf), which includes the following components:
(I) Problem Statement -- Section limited to 1 page, or less, describing the desired outcomes of the project.
(II) Background – Section limited to 1 page, or less, describing how the resources will be used to address the problem (i.e. student access for course work, specific models, etc).
(III) Methodology – Section limited to 1 page, or less, describing the computational methodology that will be used. This should include the applications required.
(IV) Research Plan – Section limited to 1 page, or less, describing the research schedule, including the anticipated expenditure of granted resources. Allocations are assumed to be uniformly consumed over their lifetime. If this will not be the case, an estimate of expenditure by quarters is required.
(V) Requirements Analysis - Section limited to 2 pages, or less, detailing the basis for the requested computer time. Large allocations must exhibit an understanding of application efficiency, scaling, and provide accurate estimations of the time requirements.

(3) Uploading a Project Report per Project Account

At the end of any allocation above the Basic level, a short summary report must be submitted in https://hprc.tamu.edu/accounts/ams. Failure to submit this report may be used in the consideration of future allocations.
(I) Principal user information [PI] (name, status, department, phone, email, institution [if different from TAMU)
(II) Summarize the TAMU-sponsored research in a non-technical fashion, suitable for public consumption. (maximum two pages)
(III) Publications and other research products.
(IV) Describe any potential applications of the research to industry or government.
(V) Describe any use of this allocation to encourage education in computational science, and particularly the level of student involvement and any HPRC elements incorporated into formal courses.

IF YOU HAVE FY2016 ALLOCATION (STARTUP OR RESEARCH) AND ALREADY APPLIED FOR A FY2017 ALLOCATION (STARTUP OR RESEARCH) WITHOUT SUBMITTING A REPORT FOR YOUR FY2016 ALLOCATION, PLEASE SUBMIT A REPORT FOR YOUR FY2016 ALLOCATION (STARTUP OR RESEARCH).

Thank you for your attention! If have any questions, please feel free to contact us at help@hprc.tamu.edu

High Performance Research Computing
Texas A&M University

Posted on: 5:07 PM, August 2, 2016