Extra HPC provision on Monsoon (NEXCS)

Hi All,
the details are here:

Project resource

Requests for NERC project resource should be made through the regular NERC process – in the early-usage stage (April 2017 – July 2017), access will be open.


Machine access

NEXCS has the same 2-factor security model as does Monsoon2; a fob is required to access a bastion machine (the lander) with subsequent ssh to the xcs. NEXCS maintains accounting groups (projects) to which users are assigned after receipt of a security fob.

Current Monsoon2 users need only be added to an appropriate NEXCS group to use the resource.

Contact NCAS-CMS to request access to NEXCS and/or access to specific projects.

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.