Uppsala Multidisciplinary Center for Advanced Computational Science

Project Application

UPPMAX is funded by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University and by the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) to provide high-performance computing (HPC) to the HPC community.

To use our resources you need to apply for a project. Read carefully the description of each project type below and make sure you apply for the right kind of project. There is no associated fee to use the UPPMAX resources for accepted projects but there are rules for who can apply for a project and become a principal investigator (PI).

Apply for a project

All project applications are sent in via the national project management site SUPR. To log in there you need to create a SUPR profile: https://supr.snic.se/login/

There are different requirements of a PI for each project type (see below) and you should check the requirements before you apply for a project. One common denominator is that you have to be employed at a Swedish University/University College for the entire duration of the project.

We recommend that you use an e-mail address from your Swedish University/University College when you apply for a project, we need to know what organization you belong to.

Describe your project and how your project intend to use UPPMAX resources. The better you describe the project, the easier it is for us to see to that you get the right kind of resources for your project.

What happens next?

After you have submitted you project proposal we will inspect the proposal as soon as we can and verify that the proposal meet the stated requirements. You will then get a decision “approved” or “denied” with a comment explaining the decision.

For approved projects we will create the project and you will get more information by e-mail. You will automatically be a member of any project you are PI for. Project management is done in SUPR, the PI can add project members, add a Proxy PI and/or a Technical Administrator.

Login to SUPR: https://supr.snic.se/login/

See also this FAQ regarding giving courses at UPPMAX.

Project types

  • SNIC: General-purpose compute projects. 
  • UPPNEX: NGS data analysis projects.
  • SNIC-SENS: Sensitive human NGS data analysis projects.
  • Storage: Additional storage for users of SNIC projects.
  • Course: Small projects for educational purposes.

SNIC PROJECTS

The SNIC infrastructure is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and participating Universities. SNIC is organized as a long-term project with its own Board. SNIC includes six partners and UPPMAX is one of the partners.

There are 3 different kinds of SNIC projects, SNIC SMALL, SNIC MEDIUM and SNIC LARGE and the requirements of the PI are stated by SNIC (and listed below).

SNIC-small is intended for small scale projects and will give you 2000 core hours per month and 128 GB of storage. The PI has to be employed at a Swedish University/University College at the level of PhD student or higher.

SNIC-medium and SNIC Large is for larger projects and this requires that the PI is employed at a Swedish University/University College at the level of Assistant professor (forskarassistent) or higher.

Apply for a Small level project at UPPMAX
Apply for a Medium level project at UPPMAX
Apply for a SNIC Large level project

UPPNEX projects

UPPNEX resources are provided by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation (KAW) and the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR).

UPPNEX stands for "UPPmax NEXt generation sequencing Cluster & Storage" and is a project at UPPMAX, providing computing and storage resources as a national resource for the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) community, such as Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab).

If you are a user at a platform for NGS data (such as SciLifeLab) you can apply for an UPPNEX project. This gives you access to data storage and computing hours for your project. The standard account is 2000 core hours per month and 1 TB storage. The PI has to be employed at a Swedish University/University College at the level of Assistant professor (forskarassistent) or higher.

Apply for an UPPNEX project

SNIC-SENS Projects

Researchers with sensitive data need a secure system for research and analysis. To accommodate these needs, a special system was built. The compute cluster is called Bianca, and the storage system is called Castor. This system was designed from the ground up to provide a secure environment for research on sensitive human data.

Currently, we offer two types of SENS projects in SUPR: Small and Medium. A small project uses less than 20 TB and averages less than 5,000 core-hours/month. A medium project can request up to 150 TB and 100,000 core-hours/month. For larger projects, please contact support@uppmax.uu.se. 

Apply for a SNIC-SENS Small project

Apply for a SNIC-SENS Medium project

Storage Projects

UPPMAX offers projects on the storage system Crex that is attached to the Rackham compute system.

SNIC users who need more than the standard 128 GB storage space are welcome to apply for an UPPMAX Storage project. These projects share a 500 TB partition of Crex, and are granted according to need and availability.

Life science researchers can apply for SciLifeLab Storage projects on Crex, which will accommodate up to 950 TB in total. Note that this file area is not reachable from Milou.

Apply for an UPPMAX Storage project

Apply for a SciLifeLab Storage project

Course/workshop projects

It is possible to apply for a course project for courses and for workshops that belong to existing projects. The PI has to be employed at a Swedish University/University College at the level of PhD student or higher. For Milou the course must have a clear connection to NGI/NGS.

Examples of course projects:

- Universities, University Colleges and Scientific research centers can use UPPMAX for courses within HPC technology
- A project PI can give courses/workshops connected to the project research area


It has to be the responsible course organizer/teacher or project owner that apply for the project.

You have to apply for a course project at least 2 weeks before the course/workshop starts. The PI is then responsible to check that all participants are connected to the course project in SUPR and have an account at UPPMAX at least 2 days before the start.

Also see this FAQ with some general recommendations for giving a course using UPPMAX resources.

When you apply for a project you have to:

- Describe the course content and target audience
- Describe the organization and participating organizations
- Motivate the need for UPPMAX resources
- Motivate the size of the requested resources
- Enclose a PDF file or a link to a web site describing the course content (for a workshop you can enclose a link to the workshop web page or write a description in the application).

Important!
UPPMAX reference: in the course curriculum/course material and on the course site it has to be clear that SNIC-UPPMAX are providing the compute resources.

Accept User Agreement: all participants have to have an account in SUPR AND they have to accept the User Agreement in SUPR. This is either done with a Swedish SWAMID identity OR by sending in a paper copy of the passport to SUPR. This can take some time especially if the person live in another country so please ensure that your course participants do this in time. Make sure they can log in BEFORE the course starts.

Course reservation: we can reserve cores/nodes for approved projects. Send a request to the support at least 1 week before the course starts with your request and a motivation of your requirements: support@uppmax.uu.se.

Apply for an UPPMAX course project