LCRC Project Renewals and New Project Requests for FY2023 are due Sept. 9th 2022

LCRC Users,

LCRC FY2023 project renewals and new project requests are due at 5:00 PM CDT on Friday, September 9, 2022.

Important note to Users:
Blues will be decommissioned on September 30, 2022, and hence Bebop will be the only CPU focused cluster available to users in FY23. The load on Bebop is anticipated to be about 25% higher due to the decommissioning of Blues. PIs who do not request time on LCRC before the September 9th, 2022, deadline might not receive any allocation on LCRC in Q1 of FY23. PIs of large projects (>500K/quarter) are also encouraged to supplement their LCRC allocations using ALCF resources via the Director’s Discretionary (DD) allocation program:
https://www.alcf.anl.gov/science/directors-discretionary-allocation-program

Please pay careful attention to the instructions below and the guidance on the web form.

RENEW YOUR EXISTING PROJECT
To renew your existing project, please login here:
https://accounts.lcrc.anl.gov/

Navigate to each of the projects you lead on the left-hand navigation menu under ‘Owned’. Then update the information in each project for each field as changes are needed. There is no option to save partial work for later completion, so it is best to first create a separate document with your text and then copy everything onto the form. Make sure to update the project description highlighting your new plans for FY2023 and enter an allocation request for each quarter in the FY2023 section. Please fill in all 4 quarters on your request. If you do not have any time to enter for any of the allocation boxes, you should leave the field blank instead of entering 0.

Please follow the example provided in https://accounts.lcrc.anl.gov/sample_project_request.pdf to show your core-hour computations in the ‘Request Allocation’ text box. Your request should indicate the typical size of the job (number of cores), the typical time for a run and number of runs planned in each quarter. Projects requesting over 200K/quarter should also include scaling studies. The strong scaling study is meant to justify the choice of the number of cores used per job. Incomplete information regarding your core-hour computations or scaling studies might lead to a reduction in the core-hours allocated to your project. Due to the high anticipated load on the system, mid-quarter allocations will be made on a very limited/restrictive basis. PIs (and their project members) should review the mid-quarter allocation policy at https://www.lcrc.anl.gov/for-users/getting-started/projects-in-lcrc/#mid-quarter-allocs

Note that unused time for a quarter expires at the end of each quarter; see https://www.lcrc.anl.gov/for-users/best-practices-and-policies/allocation-expiration-policy/ for the details of the policy. Please also take the time to update any other information about your project which might have changed. If your project is asking for a significant increase in time, make sure to provide justification for that increase, and please give a heads-up to your project’s Point of Contact on the Allocations Committee.

Once all the data on the form is up-to-date and complete, press the ‘Save Project’ button at the top to submit the request. If you have trouble with your submission, please contact [email protected] with the name of the project and the date and time that you requested the renewal.

REQUEST A NEW PROJECT

Requests for new projects for FY2023 are now being accepted as well. To submit a NEW project request, please login here:
https://accounts.lcrc.anl.gov/

Then select the ‘Request New LCRC Project’ option on the left-hand navigation menu. Please make sure to fill in all the required data and enter an allocation request for each quarter in the FY2023 section. Please fill in all 4 quarters on your request. If you do not have any time to enter for any of the allocation boxes, you should leave the field blank instead of entering 0. There is no option to save partial work for later completion, so it is best to first create a separate document with your text and then copy everything onto the form.

Please follow the example provided in https://accounts.lcrc.anl.gov/sample_project_request.pdf to show your core-hour computations in the ‘Request Allocation’ text box. Your request should indicate the typical size of the job (number of cores), the typical time for a run and number of runs planned in each quarter. Projects requesting over 200K/quarter should also include scaling studies. The strong scaling study is meant to justify the choice of the number of cores used per job. Incomplete information regarding your core-hour computations or scaling studies might lead to a reduction in the core-hours allocated to your project. Note that unused time for a quarter expires at the end of each quarter; see http://www.lcrc.anl.gov/for-users/best-practices-and-policies/allocation-expiration-policy/ for the details of the policy.

DEADLINES AND APPROVALS

The deadline for requests is Friday, September 9th (5:00 pm CDT). The LCRC Allocations Committee will review all FY2023 requests and meet to make decisions. PIs submitting the largest requests (as individuals or through groups of related projects) may be asked to present a more detailed explanation of their usage including performance and scaling reports. These PIs will be contacted individually.

For projects requesting a renewal, a FY2022 Yearly Project Report is REQUIRED to have been submitted before FY2023 allocations will be started where applicable. FY2022 Project Reports can be submitted also by logging into your account at https://accounts.lcrc.anl.gov

If you have any questions, please send them to [email protected].

Thank you,
LCRC Staff