FY20 Quarter 4 LCRC Allocations Approved

LCRC projects have been approved for an additional allocation for FY20 Quarter 4 on Bebop and Blues.
If your project requested time for Quarter 4, you can check the project balance by running the following command on any Bebop or Blues nodes:
lcrc-sbank -q balance

Bebop and Blues report balances separate from each other.
Dedicated condo nodes should continue to use the ‘condo’ project to submit jobs.


The Allocations Committee meets 4 times a year to review allocation requests. Any pending new projects and additional allocation requests are reviewed at each meeting. Ongoing projects must submit an updated project request for each fiscal year. At this meeting, each project receives a new allocation each quarter. Time does not carry over between quarters. Allocations for ongoing projects become active on the first day of the quarter. All other allocations between quarters become active immediately, upon approval.

Bebop is the primary Argonne production system, and Blues is dedicated to industry partnerships and special projects. If your non-industry project requires Blues time (or vice versa), please state that in your future requests, e.g., GPU nodes. Note that Blues time cannot be used on Bebop, and vice versa.

On Bebop, a KNL core hour costs 0.585 bank core-hours, while a Broadwell core hour stays at 1.0 bank core-hours.

PIs can request more time for their project at any point during the year via the project management web pages only (https://accounts.lcrc.anl.gov). When you request more time, it will be for the current quarter. It is important to show how you computed the request for additional time, e.g., 10 additional runs needed using 30 KNL nodes for 8 hours each, equals 154K node-hours. These requests, like the annual requests, are reviewed by the committee in the context of the overall usage of the cluster. Smaller requests are handled by the LCRC staff. Requests with insufficient information may be reduced.

Please remember to acknowledge LCRC in your publications, e.g., “We gratefully acknowledge use of the Bebop [or Blues] cluster in the Laboratory Computing Resource Center at Argonne National Laboratory.”


For more information on projects and using the allocation tools please refer to the LCRC documentation:

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