Applying for projects
This page guides you through the process of applying for projects at UPPMAX.
UPPMAX is a supercomputing facility hosted by Uppsala University and is a part of the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). As a SNIC center, we provide computational resources for a wide variety of researchers all over Sweden. Access to our resources is granted to researchers affiliated with a Swedish higher-education institution through the SNIC project management portal, SUPR.
In order to do any kind of computational work, you need two resources:
- Computations. It takes time for a CPU to run programs. Computational resources are measured in core-hours. Allocations are granted in core-hours per month.
- For example, if you have a hundred samples and it takes a single core a week run a pipeline on one sample, then the total core-hours needed is 100 samples * 7 days/week * 24 hours/week * 1 core/hour = 16800 core-hours. If you're planning to do this analysis over the course of 6 months then you'll need a project that provides about 16800/6 = 2800 core-hours/month.
- Our current SNIC-funded compute cluster is called Rackham.
- If a project exceeds its allocation of CPU time, you can keep working but at a lower priority in the queue. We call this the bonus queue.
- Data storage. It takes disk space to store sequences and related data. Space is usually measured in GB.
- The sequencing facility should be able to tell you roughly how much space the raw sample will take. When you're working with the data, it usually expands by a factor ranging between 50%-300%, and you will need to account for this when you apply for a storage project.
- The storage system attached to Rackham is named Crex.
- If a project exceeds its storage quota, no one can write any more data to its directory.
On Rackham, we have divided projects into two types: Compute Projects and Storage Projects. On our secure cluster, Bianca, projects include both compute and storage resources.
Compute Projects: SNIC SMALL, SNIC MEDIUM, SNIC LARGE. These are called "SNAC" projects while in the proposal phase. They also come with 128 GB of storage, which is enough for many.
- SMALL: Anyone can apply. Default limit of 2000 core-hours/month, can go up to 5000 upon request.
- MEDIUM: PI must be permanently employed researcher. Up to 100 kch/m. Subject to a technical evaluation.
- LARGE: For very large projects involving large groups or multiple groups. Proposals are accepted twice per year.
Storage Projects: You should use the round UPPMAX Storage to apply for storage projects.
Sensitive Data Projects: These use the Bianca compute cluster in SNIC SENS.
Course Projects: Small projects for education purposes.
Below are links to step-by-step instructions for getting a project for data-intensive life science research.
Read this page first if you work with human data. It is very important that sensitive personal data is handled lawfully.
As described above, you'll need a compute project and probably a storage project. It is best to submit both proposals at once.
After having submitted BOTH proposals, a decision will be made by the end of the month. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.