Compute Canada

Allocation Process

HPCVL Resource Allocation Committee

Mandate

To review applications on a project basis for large allocations of computer resources (CPU, storage, memory, etc.) that have been funded principally through the CFI program and make recommendations to the HPCVL Executive Director:

  1. to approve or reject the allocations and/or/with recommend adjustments
  2. to forward the application to the Compute Canada National Resource Allocation Committee for consideration of resources from the National pool on appropriate computing platforms should HPCVL be unable to provide the needed resources or if the allocation requested is deemed more suitable to be dealt with at the national level.

Procedure

All applicants must register with Compute Canada and receive their CC ID and CC Role Identifier by applying online at: https://ccdb.computecanada.ca/account_application

After filling in the form and receiving their CC credentials, the PI should then choose the button to go to the HPCVL account application web page if they do not already have a HPCVL account. The PIs credentials and some info should be transferred to the form and fields not already filled should be filled in by the PI, including the Category of access. This will allow the PI to obtain a default allocation on HPCVL resources once the process is completed.

Prior to submitting an LRAC application for large resources, the applicant should consult with HPCVL User Support staff to assess their needs and confirm the suitability of the resources to be requested.

The applicant for an LRAC allocation (the PI) should then provide the following information through the web form and attachments:

Part 1: Project Title, PIs, Co-applicants

Part 2: The Research Proposal (maximum of 3 pages)

A short description of the project which would include the scientific rationale for the project, expected outcomes, timelines and support for the project. If the project is ongoing, outline progress to date.

Part 3: Technical Issues (maximum of 2 pages)

This would include some description of experience members of the group (PI/students/PDFs) have had using resources of the type and scale requested.

The applicant should demonstrate knowledge of HPC, a willingness to optimize their codes/methodologies and interact with appropriate staff as needed, details on prior usage, a description of the codes and the anticipated resource requirements. This should include information on scaling, checkpointing, and other technical information as required. HPCVL user support should be consulted and, after reviewing, provide feedback through the technical representative on the committee.

It is anticipated that a good estimate of the resources needed such as, disk storage etc. can be provided.

Part 4: A CV of the Group Leader (the PI) and any Collaborating PIs

This can be a granting council Form 100 or a brief CV with information about publications, presentations and granting history.

Assessment

Criterion 1

The applicants must clearly demonstrate the capability to use and the requirements for the resources requested. This also includes an assessment of the appropriateness of the resources requested for the project and the adequacy of the methodology to be used.

Criterion 2

The scientific output of the group and the scientific record of the PI. This will be mainly judged through the assessment of the CV(s) submitted which should reflect the granting history and thus the assessment of people familiar with the research (the NSERC/CIHR/SSHRC GSCs).

Criterion 3

A review of the resources available and the scope of the request will be considered in terms of meeting the scientific goals. This includes whether appropriate resources might be located elsewhere and whether an application to the NRAC might be a more appropriate route for the applicant.

Criterion 4

The scientific merit of the proposal, importance of the project to the field and the originality of the proposal.

Note: The committee may decide to grant a six month allocation in order to better assess the capabilities of those involved in the project to use the allocated resources.