NERC HPC application for resource deadline approaching (28th Feb 2017)

The deadline for submitting an application to use ARCHER for 2017/2018 is early next week. Our concern is the statement on the NERC site
” Any applications received after this date will only be considered by the HPC Steering Committee if time permits. ”

See : http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/sites/facilities/hpc/applying/

For example there are two categories ARCHER uses
(i) running under n02-chem (which is managed by Grenville Lister) and used mainly by aerosol and chemical composition groups.
(ii) running under a project account related to a project or proposal.

A) For a project similar to those within n02-chem AU budgets and less than 50 MAU per year:
They can run under n02-chem and they just have to do a brief outline of their work to Grenville.
B) If the user uses > 50 MAU per year, they need to fill out a new project form, and apply for a project code. This is fairly laborious. If you did this last year and want the project to continue you need to fill in a continuation form.

If you want some guidance on calculating the AU budget prediction then let CEMAC know and we can talk you through that section.

ARCHER information about Intel Knights Landing (KNL)

The new generation Intel Xeon Phi is more widely known as “KNL”. The ARCHER service are commissioning a test and development small system. It is expected to be available for early adopters in late October with a month of FoC use with a subsequent step up to an AU charge.

More details can be found on this page in the webinar “Using KNL on ARCHER” (12th October 2016)

Archer Training Information

The slides are probably good enough information on their own but there is a video on the Archer Youtube channel.