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2018 Call for Proposals to use NERSC Resources

Overview and Schedule

The Office of Science of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) solicits proposals for 2018 allocations of high performance computing resources at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Proposals must support the mission of the DOE Office of Science, and can be submitted starting August 28, 2017.

All current projects (including startup, education, and Director's Reserve) must be renewed for 2018 if you wish to continue using NERSC. New project requests may be submitted as well (to start in 2018).

The deadline for submitting AY 2018 NERSC proposals (both renewed and new) is October 16, 2017, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Award decisions for requests submitted before this deadline will be emailed to Principal Investigators and PI Proxies on December 8, 2017. Production requests made after October 16 will be reviewed in late January 2018. New requests awarded after August 2017 may be renewed for 2018 after the October 16 deadline.

2018 allocations will be for the period January 9, 2018, through January 7, 2019.

Submitting Your Request

Requests to use NERSC resources are submitted via a web form known as the ERCAP (Energy Research Computing Allocations Process) Request Form. ERCAP is accessed through the NERSC Help Desk system at http://ercap.nersc.gov/. See Help for the ERCAP Allocations Request Form.

Most projects fall under the "allocation type" of "DOE Production." Unless you know otherwise, you should select this allocation type on the ERCAP form. 

The currency at NERSC is the "NERSC Hour," which is equivalent to the "MPP Hour" used in previous years. The change in nomenclature is being made incorporate the KNL nodes available in Cori Phase 2 and follow-on systems that may not have a clear relationship to the "MPP Hour," which was based on a multiple of a core-hour on the retired Hopper system. The following charges apply for parallel jobs

  • Edison: 48 NERSC Hours per hour per node used
  • Cori Phase 1: 80 NERSC Hours per hour per node used
  • Cori Phase 2 - KNL processors: 96 NERSC Hours per hour per node used

Projects that use PDSF and Genepool

Requests to renew NERSC's PDSF (Parallel Distributed Systems Facility) and Joint Genome Institute Genepool projects are part of the ERCAP form as well. These allocations, however, are handled separately from NERSC DOE allocations. PDSF is used by researchers in the high energy physics and nuclear science communities and access must be approved by the PDSF Steering Committee. Please do not answer the questions about PDSF if you are not already an authorized PDSF user. If you would like information about joining PDSF please see http://www.nersc.gov/users/computational-systems/pdsf/about-pdsf/overview/. Likewise, JGI Genepool projects must also be pre-approved. Please do not request a Genepool "GPSHARE" unless you are already an authorized Genepool user.

Validating Your User List

If you are renewing your project you must also validate your user list.  Change the "Next Year Status" to Deleted for users who have left your project. Those user's accounts will be removed from the project at the AY Turnover in January.

Questions?

If you need help with your 2018 allocation request please contact consult_at_nersc.gov.

If you have forgotten your NERSC password and if you have already set up the answers to your Security Questions, you can get a new password by following the link on the NIM login page:

https://nim.nersc.gov - Forgot your NIM password?

Otherwise, since we do not send passwords via email, you will need to call the Account Support Office at 1-800-66-NERSC menu option 2, or 1-510-486-8612. You can call us at any time, 24 x 7, and somebody will be here to assist you.

What's New for 2018?

  • DOE Funding tab, Question 10
    • If you have funding from other than the DOE Office of Science, we ask you to include information on all of your sources of funding.

Eligibility

NERSC supports research that reflects the mission of DOE's Office of Science. All Principal Investigators funded by the Office of Science may apply for an allocation of NERSC resources. In addition, researchers who aren't directly funded by DOE SC but with projects that are relevant to its mission may also apply to use NERSC resources. If you are not funded by the DOE Office of Science you should explain how your research falls within the DOE mission. See Eligibility.

New Principal Investigators

New PIs (who do not have a NERSC login name) must fill out the ERCAP Access Request web form. They must also fill out and submit NERSC's online Appropriate Use Policy form. Once this is done the Account Support group will notify the new PI of their login name and password to be used to access http://ercap.nersc.gov.  See Applying for your First NERSC Allocation.

Accessing the ERCAP Allocations Request Form

The ERCAP request form is accessed from the NERSC Help Desk at http://ercap.nersc.gov. You log in using your NERSC login name and password. If you have forgotten your NERSC password and if you have already set up the answers to your Security Questions, you can get a new password by following the link on the NIM login page:
     https://nim.nersc.gov - Forgot your NIM password?
Otherwise, since we do not send passwords via email, you will need to call the Account  Support Office at 1-800-66-NERSC menu option 2, or 1-510-486-8612..

After you have logged into http://ercap.nersc.gov, select Request a NERSC Allocation from the Can we Help You? menu.  If you want to keep your current repository in 2018 make sure that you Click on the radio button next to Renew (or Draft) option rather than start a new request.

See ERCAP Allocation Request Form.

Designating Proxies to fill out the Request Form

Principal Investigators can designate one or more "PI Proxies" who write the request form for the PI (or in conjunction with the PI). See Overview and Eligibility.