TERAGRID ALLOCATION REQUESTS Open Submission, Guidelines, Resource and Policy Changes

The TeraGrid is now accepting Research Allocation Requests for the allocation period, Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011. The submission period is from Sept. 15 until Oct. 15. Please review the new TG systems and important policy changes (see below) before you submit your allocation request through the POPS URL or through the Allocations tab of the TG User Portal

  • Allocation Request Submission Deadline: Oct. 15, 2010 midnight local time

The TeraGrid will host a teleconference to provide step-by-step instructions and answers to your questions on how to write and submit a successful proposal.

  • Allocation Request Guidelines Telecon: Sept. 24, 2:00-3:30 CDT (central)

Call 1-866-740-1260 and enter Access Code 8229741.

To view the presentation slides online during the talk, visit readytalk during the call and enter the same access code in the Participant Login box. (For our records, please enter your name, email and institution when requested.)

NEW TeraGrid Resources:
See the Resource Catalog for a list of TG compute, visualization and storage resources, and more details on the new systems.

  • The new TACC Dell PowerEdge (Westmere) cluster, Lonestar is scheduled to go into production on Feb.1 2011. System Info: 302TFLOPS, 1888 nodes of dual-CPU 3.3GHz 6-core Westmere processors, QDR IB, 1PB Lustre file system. This is a separate allocable resource, and will not be part of the present Abe/QueenBee/Steele/Lonestar Dell PowerEdge Clusters pool.
  • The old (Woodcrest) Lonestar will be removed from service on December 1, 2010. Present Lonestar users can accommodate their production needs on Abe, QueenBee or Steele systems, and may arrange to transfer their SUs to the new (Westmere) Lonestar system, after they have been contacted by TACC.
  • The new SDSC Appro Cluster, Trestles, is scheduled for production on Jan, 1 2011.
    System Info: 100TFLOPS; 324 compute nodes, 10368 cores (4 8-core 2.4 GHz AMD Magny Cours processors/node), 20.25TB of RAM (64 GB/node, 2GB/core), and 38TB of flash disk (120GB/node); QDR IB.
  • The new PSC Altix UV System, Black Light, is scheduled for production on Jan 1, 2011. System Info: 512 Nehalem 2.26GHz 8-core processors, 4,096 cores total; 8 GB of memory per core totaling 32 TB; NumaLink5 Shared Memory Interconnect implementing two Single System Images with 16 TB of shared memory each. Storage includes local scratch, Albedo, and access to TeraGrid replication services.
  • NICS will increase capacity of the Cray XT5 Kraken system by 144 TFLOPS with an additional 1,152 nodes. The upgrade is expected to be completed by Jan 1, 2011. The 166 TFLOPS Cray XT4 system, Athena, is available , beginning Oct. 1, 2010 as a co-allocated TG resource with Kraken.
  • NCSA: The new NCSA SGI Altix UV, Ember, replaces the Itanium based SGI Altix Cobalt system with roughly twice the performance per core. System Info: 16 TFLOPS; 4 Intel SGI Altix UV shared-memory systems each with 384 2.6 GHz Nehalem-EX cores and 2 TB of memory; QDR IB.
  • NICS: Nautilus, a TeraGrid XD system for data analysis and visualization, features SGIs UltraViolet large-scale shared-memory system. (See also TACCs Longhorn system.)
  • SDSC: Dash, a precursor to the Gordon Track2 system, is available for evaluation of flash memory and vSMP software.
  • Data Replication Service: TG-wide data management through iRODS, supports 1-100TB storage allocations.

Allocation Request Procedures and Policy Changes:
Please see Section 6.3.2 of the Allocations Policy document for the latest changes in document requirements.

A new, easy to use upload interface keeps track of each type of submission document uploaded. POPS now insures that PIs have uploaded all required documents before a final submission is accepted.

Section 6.4.1 of the Allocations Policy document explains the new priority policy for NSF/non-NSF funded projects for awards when resources are oversubscribed.

POPS now features auto-fill for renewal/supplement/justification/progress_report requests. PI, co-PI, and Supporting Grants form entries are automatically populated from the previous request. For renewals, please make sure you update any changes in PI/co-PI biography, remove expired grants, include new grant funding, and update values for the proportion of funding supporting your TG computational projects.

A guide for writing requests, and references to examples are available at the TG website. The TG Allocations Policy document explains the allocations process, procedures and policies.

Kent Milfeld
TG Resource Allocations Coordinator


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