1.4 Projects and resources
One of the core principles of CSC resource allocation is that resources are granted for projects, not users. Every user has a Personal Group. It is meant for initial testing of CSC services and has a small amount of computing resources. When the resources have been used, testing is over. The Personal Group is not closed, but remains as a spare project, for the case where the person doesn't have any other projects.
Use of CSC's extended services, such as computing and data storage services, requires opening a new CSC project or joining an existing project. A CSC project can be an Academic Project or a Commercial Project. A CSC project is by default granted an initial quota for computing. When the resources run out, more can be applied for or purchased. Academic Projects and Commercial Projects can contain several users as members. The resources granted for the project are shared between all project members.
Whether you should have an Academic Project or a Commercial Project depends on two things: the scope of research and the affiliations of the members:
- If the planned research is of academic nature where the results are published, and all the project members will be from universities or polytechnics, the Academic Project is the right project type to open.
- If the planned research is not of academic nature, or any of the project members will be from other organizations than universities or polytechnics, the Commercial Project is the right project type to open. Read more on Customer agreements.
To open a new Academic CSC Project, sign in to SUI and open the Resources and Applications tool.
The person who opens the project will become the project's Principal Investigator (PI). The PI acts as the primary contact person in communications with CSC. The PI should be a university professor, research director of a polytechnic, or a similar senior level researcher fulfilling the prerequisites for a Principal Investigator. Only the PI can add or remove project members.
In the Resources and Applications tool, choose Project and Academic CSC Project under the Resources menu to create a project application. The Application Form opens. Fill in all necessary information for a new project. Compulsory fields are marked with a star.
You can add users to the project at start, or you can invite them later. To add them at start, fill in their email addresses in the field Project Members. The users must be from a university or a polytechnic.
The invited members receive a notification via email and are asked to approve the project membership on the Approvals tab on the Resources and Applications page. The members need to register as CSC customers before they can join the project. This is instructed in the notification email the users will receive. When a member approves the membership, a notification email is sent to the project's PI.
Figure: Application Form for an Academic Project
When the new project has been established, the PI adds the desired computing resources (Taito, Sisu or cPouta) for the project. All project members get access to the resource provided that they accept the required terms and conditions.
Sign in to SUI and open the Resources and Applications tool.
Select Computing, and then Taito supercluster, Sisu supercomputer or cPouta cloud service. Please note that each computing resource must be added separately.
The figure below shows the Sisu supercomputer application. After selecting the resource, an application form opens. The PI selects the project, accepts the required terms and conditions, and sends the form. The project members will receive requests to accept the terms and conditions for the selected resource. Also the PI gets access, in this example for Sisu.
Figure: Adding the computing resource Sisu supercomputer for the project. Taito supercluster has been added earlier.
After joining a CSC project, please change your billing project for computing since the Personal groups are not meant for extensive computing.
The billing project can be changed in SUI with the My Projects tool. Select the project which you want to become your new billing project. Then choose Set As Billing Project below the project list. A Confirm window opens. Press Yes to approve the change.
Figure: Changing the billing project to be a CSC project, instead of the Personal group.
The billing project changes on computing servers the next time you log in. If you are already logged in, you need to log out and log back in.
If the project members were not listed when the project was opened, or a new member joins to the project later, the PI can add new project members. The PI can also remove members from the project when a user leaves. (Commercial Projects are managed by CSC, so you cannot invite members to them. Please contact the CSC Service Desk in case you need to add a new member to a Commercial Project or remove an existing one.)
The PI of an Academic Project can add or remove members at the Scientist's User Interface. Sign in to SUI and open the My Projects tool. First select the project you want to modify. Then choose Edit Project in the bottom right corner.
Figure: Editing project properties in the My Projects tool.
The Edit Project tool opens. With this tool you can add or remove users from the project and change the project's description and science area. For other changes, for instance extending your project, please contact the CSC Service Desk
Figure: Edit Project tool.
To add a new project member, fill in the email address of the person to be invited to the field next to the Invite Member button. Submit the invitation by clicking the button. The users must be from a university or a polytechnic. The invited members receive a notification via email and are asked to approve the project membership on the Approvals tab on the Resources and Applications page. The members need to register as CSC customers before they can join the project. This is instructed in the notification email the users will receive. When a member approves the membership, a notification email is sent to the project's PI.
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