Special Resources and Projects - Services for Research
Special Resources and Projects
If the computing or storage resources offered by CSC through the normal allocation process are not sufficient or adequate for your needs, there are a number of options to turn to.
Normal allocation process
The computing and data storing resources are allocated by the CSC Resource Allocation Group. The Resource Allocation Group accepts applications from researchers continuously and holds meetings mainly every three weeks.
The Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure (FGCI)
The FGCI provides joint computing resources for researchers in Finnish research institutions. The grid consists of computing clusters located at different locations around Finland, and the cloud resources are a part of CSC's cPouta IaaS cloud.
The FGCI grid is ideally suited for calculations which take from tens of minutes to up to 24 hours. Jobs run on the FGCI are not billed from the user's CSC project budget.
The total peak capacity is about 250 TFLOPS, of which 218 TFLOPS is grid capacity (including CPU and GPGPU capacity) and 32 TFLOPS cloud capacity.
CSC Grand Challenge Project Calls
The CSC Grand Challenge calls are aimed at scientific research projects that require computational resources exceeding CSC's standard project resources. Grand Challenge Projects also provide a possibility to request a higher priority.
The maximum amount of resources granted is 25 million billing units per project, and the resources allocated have to be consumed within a year.
The proposals go through a technical and a scientific evaluation by CSC's Scientific Customer Panel, which also gives feedback on CSC's services for research in general.
PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) offers additional Tier-1 and Tier-0 level resources for both the academia and industry under specific conditions.
While Tier-1 is comparable to what is available through CSC, the Tier-0 systems provide leadership class resources to the most computationally demanding projects on Europe's fastest supercomputing systems.
DECI (Tier-1) Calls
The Distributed European Computing Initiative (DECI) is designed for projects requiring access to resources not currently available in the PI's own country but where those projects do not require resources on the most powerful (Tier-0) European supercomputers or extensive allocations of CPU.
Europe's Fastest Supercomputers (Tier-0)
Computing resources on PRACE Tier-0 systems are granted through a peer review process based on scientific excellence and technical assessment. Currently, the minimum quotas are of the order of a million node hours and scalability preferably up to approximately 10 000 cores has to be demonstrated.
CSC is pleased to offer consultation in preparing applications. If you are considering submitting a Tier-0 proposal, please contact Development Manager Jussi Heikonen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
HPC-Europa3 - funding for international research visits
HPCE3 funds 3-13 week long research visits to nine European countries. Funding includes travels, accommodation and subsistence (details vary per country) and computational resources from the target country supercomputing center.