Compute and storage e-commons

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How to apply for access to EuroHPC JU supercomputers: Applying to EuroHPC JU can be tricky. EuroCC will in this video walk you through every step of the way. You can also read more about European Resources on this page.

Access to compute and storage can come at several levels:

  1. Using existing local resources
  2. Using national resources
  3. Using international resources
  4. Buying private resources for your group

For level 1, a base allocation of resources is provided to all Departments at Chalmers free-at-the-point-of-use, and additional allocations may be acquired for a fee. These local resources are provided by Chalmers e-Commons e-infrastructure group, earlier know as C3SE. For levels 2 and 3, the resources are normally provided free-at-the-point-of-use after a scientific and technical review and national or international prioritization. Beyond this there is an opportunity to acquire dedicated capacity or specific resources directly funded by research groups or research infrastructures at Chalmers. If you are looking to buy such resources for your research group (4) or want help with writing applications to available resources (1-3) you can contact us by e-mail.

Chalmers e-commons
Research infrastructure at Chalmers University of Technology

Getting compute

If you already have a project at the local or national resources then to get access you need to

  1. Join SUPR
  2. Join a project
  3. Approve the user agreement
  4. Send an account request for each cluster you wish to use
  5. Wait at least 1 working day

If you don’t have a project to join then we cover that below.

Local Resources

The locally funded resources we host are available at a base level free-at-the-point-of-use to all researchers at Chalmers. Many departments have had their projected allocated already, and manage their members themselves via their selected Principal Investigators (PIs) in SUPR. Researchers should speak to their respective supervisor for access. The local computer cluster is called Vera.

For those departments which not yet have a base level allocation, you should speak to your prefect who has been sent information.

If you would like more resources than are available at the base level then it is possible to buy more resources. Contact us for more information.

National Resources

Senior researchers at Swedish universities are eligible to apply for access and computer time on any SNIC systems hosted by us or any other SNIC center. An approved application from a principal investigator results in a “SNIC-Project” that in turn is assigned computer time allocations on one (or several) computer systems. All proposals are handled via the SNIC rounds in SUPR

We currently host the following SNIC systems

  • Alvis – Cluster dedicated to AI and ML research
  • Mimer – Flash based fast storage connected to Alvis
  • Cephyr – CephFS based center storage connected to Alvis and Vera
  • SSC – OpenStack cluster

European Resources

For those that have larger resource requirements than what can be fulfilled at even a national level, then there is a further option to apply for resources from the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (JU).

The LUMI supercomputer in Finland that is one of the supercomputers in the EuroHPC JU, was partly financed by the Swedish Research Council. As such a corresponding share (approx. 3.5 %) are reserved for Swedish research. This part is available through SUPR in a similar manner as the national resources.

For the rest of the EuroHPC JU resources the EuroCC National Competence Center Sweden (ENCCS) provides proposal support when applying. In addition they’ve also prepared a short video on how you apply, see it at the top of this page.