Apply for access to SNIC resources

SNIC provides a set of resources to meet the needs of researchers from all areas of science. The resources are made available through open application procedures such that the best Swedish research is supported.

List of available computing and storage resources

HOW TO APPLY FOR ACCESS

SNIC uses an online application database, SUPR - SNIC User and Project Repository (supr.snic.se/) for applications for compute time or storage capacity.

An allocation is comprised of computing hours (processor core hours) per calendar month, Tebibyte (TiB) of storage, or hours of dedicated user support.

Apply for a project allocation on one or more SNIC resource
It is important that your application includes intended usage and the characteristics of the storage or compute resources and application software that will be used. In case of doubt, consult the SNIC office or the support staff at the SNIC-affiliated centers to get assistance in choosing the correct resources.

An application that gets a positive evaluation receives a project allocation 
Once an application has been approved, a project will be established on the resources on which allocations are granted. The applicant will be responsible (PI) for this project and must keep an overview of the usage of the allocation(s). The PI must specify and approve which users are allowed to use the project allocation. The PI must ensure that the allocation(s) are used only for the activities that are specified in the application that was approved. The project allocation is shared by all users that are connected to the project.

SNIC reserves the right to grant a project allocation that differs from the request in the application. Requested allocations may be reduced in size or be assigned to another resource. Requested allocations may also be altered if it appears to be too large and/or the size of the allocation is not sufficiently motivated. A request may also be merged with another request or existing allocation in case the research activities (and or groups) are the same or very similar.

The SNAC policy for allocation of resources can be found in the policy section. 

SNIC Rounds

SNIC resources are made available via SNIC Rounds. The quantity of resources made available via the SNIC Rounds is decided through dialogue between the SNIC Director and SNIC resource providers annually, or when new SNIC resources are commissioned. Information about the resources and their limits is provided via SUPR. Members of the SNIC consortium providing information about SNIC Rounds via their own websites are obliged to ensure that the information is up to date.

All rounds referred to in this document may not be available at all times.

SNIC Small Compute/Storage, SENS Small, SSC, and AI

These are annual SNIC Rounds through which resources are made available continuously in SUPR.

Allocation period

The allocation period is limited to one year.

Review

Proposals are subject to technical review performed by a SNAC wg representative. Review instructions are made available via the SNIC Scientific and Technical review guide (SNIC 2018/34).

SNIC Medium Compute/Storage and SENS Medium

These are annual SNIC Rounds through which resources are made available continuously in SUPR.

Allocation period

The allocation period is limited to one year.

Review

Proposals are subject to technical review by a SNAC wg representative. Review instructions are made available via the SNIC Scientific and Technical review guide (SNIC 2018/34).

Proposals may list several SNIC resources located at more than one SNIC resource provider.

If an allocation involves several SNIC resources at more than one SNIC resource provider, a common review by the relevant SNAC wg representatives is performed.

The total amount of resources allocated to a project within the SNAC Medium Compute Round may not exceed 150% of the upper SNIC Medium limit for two resources.

It is not allowed for SNIC users to simultaneously be allocated SNIC resources within the SNIC Rounds SNIC Medium Compute and SNIC Large Compute, or SNIC Medium Storage and SNIC Large Storage. Any Medium Compute allocations will be terminated for users receiving a Large Compute allocation, and correspondingly for Medium Storage/Large Storage.

SNIC Large Compute/Storage and SENS Large

SNIC resources are being made available biannually via these SNIC Rounds in SUPR. The allocation rounds are open for proposals for a limited time.

Allocation period

The allocation period is limited to one year.

Review

Proposals are subject to scientific and technical review. Scientific review is performed by SNAC and external evaluators. Technical review is performed by SNAC wg. Review instructions are made available via the SNIC Scientific and Technical review guide (SNIC 2018/34).

Proposals may include several SNIC resources located at more than one SNIC resource provider.

It is not allowed for users to simultaneously be allocated SNIC resources within the SNIC Rounds SNIC Medium Compute and SNIC Large Compute, or SNIC Medium Storage and SNIC Large Storage. Any Medium Compute allocations will be terminated for users receiving a Large Compute allocation, and correspondingly for Medium Storage/Large Storage.

Ethical guidelines

It is the responsibility of the SNIC user to ensure that research conducted at SNIC resources adheres to Swedish legislation, as demanded by the SNIC User Agreement (Dnr: SNIC 2018/25).

Eligible grant administrating organisations

The Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SNIC, is a national research infrastructure that makes available large-scale high-performance computing resources, storage capacity, and national user support for researchers affiliated with Swedish Higher Educational Institutions, HEI:s. Universities, university colleges, and other Swedish authorities with research assignments are included in the HEI concept.

Other public organisations may also be eligible, e.g. by governmental decision. Some basic requirements on organisations are that they must:

  • Be a legal entity with a Swedish corporate registration number (there might be rare exceptions due to governing documents or agreements)

  • Perform research, which means carrying out documented research activities and fulfil the general conditions for research grants

  • Guarantee academic freedom within the assignment

  • Ensure that the results are openly accessible to other researchers, companies and the general public

  • Not conduct any economic activity.

In order to apply for SNIC resources, researchers affiliated with organisations approved by the Swedish Research Council, and marked as such in Prisma (the application and case management system provided by the Swedish Research Council), are eligible.

Commercial interests

SNIC users may not have known commercial connections conflicting with the requirements of objectivity, independence, and openness. If any commercial connections in lieu with SNIC terms and conditions are at hand, the user, or the grant administrator, should inform SNIC immediately.

SNIC users are liable to declare in writing commercial interests or connections that may influence project proposals or approved projects in entirety or in part. This is required in order to enable review and assessment of compatibility of aforementioned interests with the requirements regarding objectivity, independence, and openness. Such review and assessment is performed by the SNIC director.

Public access

Proposals for SNIC projects and approved SNIC projects are public documents. SNIC users intending to apply for patents should note that it is not possible to keep SNIC proposals confidential. Information about approved projects is made available via the SNIC website. Sensitive personal information is not published. Research results obtained by using SNIC resources should be made publicly available. SNIC users are liable for following SNIC demands on objectivity, independence, and openness, as specified above.

Responsibilities of the PI

Once an application has been approved, a project will be established on the resources on which allocations are granted. The applicant will be responsible (PI) for this project and must keep an overview of the usage of the allocation(s). The PI must specify and approve which users are allowed to use the project allocation. The PI must ensure that the allocation(s) are used only for the activities that are specified in the application that was approved. The project allocation is shared by all users that are connected to the project.

Reporting back to SNIC

The SNIC financiers require that use of SNIC resources and output of granted SNIC projects is reported. Thus, SNIC collects information from SNIC users regarding the items detailed below. SNIC users must, as called upon by SNIC, provide the information as required by SNIC which contributes to the following reporting:

  1. Number of unique users who are academic researchers and others respectively.

  2. Requests for resources, compute as well as storage reported separately

    1. Number of core hours/TB.

    2. How the number of requests and unique users change per annum.

    3. Division of requests and unique users across different scientific disciplines (using three digit SCB (Statistics Sweden) code).

    4. Division of requests and unique users across different HEI:s and grant administrators.

    5. Fluctuations in the number of Principal Investigators being granted SNIC Large Compute allocations.

  1. Resources allocated.

  1. Amount of allocated core hours/TB per annum.

  2. Change of allocated core hours/TB over years.

  3. Division of allocated core hours/TB per scientific discipline (using three digit SCB code).

  4. Change of allocated core hours/TB across scientific disciplines (using three digit SCB codes).

  5. Division of allocated core hours/TB across different HEI:s and grant administrators.

  6. Change of allocated core hours/TB across different HEI:s and grant administrators.

  1. Number of female and male users respectively per HEI, per primary classification of scientific discipline, as well as how these numbers change over the years.

  2. List of scientific publications (including theses and exams), and patents, based upon the use of SNIC resources.

  3. Approved grants (nationally as well as internationally) based upon the use of SNIC resources.

Activity report

Please note that providing an activity report is a mandatory requirement for all rounds. The report should be written in a maximum of 8 A4 pages set in 11pt or larger with a line spacing of at least 1.15 or similar. The disposition should follow the major topics listed here.

If you are applying for compute and storage at the same time, you may upload the same activity report for both proposals.

The activity report does not necessarily have to use the maximum number of pages allowed, and especially for small allocations it is typically expected to be significantly shorter.

  1. Summary
    The report must include an account of the major scientific achievements emanating from the use of the allocated SNIC resources, or comparable resource outside of Sweden (unlike the publications list, the time span is not limited here), in relation to the project description. If this is your first application for SNIC resources, but you have previously been using comparable resources abroad, please also provide allocation and usage statistics of those resources in the activity report.

  2. Publication list
    The activity report must include a list of publications from the last two years of all publications that acknowledge the use of SNIC resources. You may include forthcoming/in-press publications.

Please note that publications that do not acknowledge the use of SNIC resources shall not be included in the activity report.

  1. Academic achievements
    The activity report must include achievements such as theses defended and graduate degrees completed.

  2. E-infrastructure related developments
    The activity report must include any developments related to programming, code optimisation, visualisation, data optimisation et cetera.

  3. Grants and patents
    The activity report must include granted financial support and/or patents.

Acknowledgement for the use of SNIC resources

The number of published research articles is a common way to assess the impact and success of scientific work. It is also an important end-point when taking decisions regarding e.g. funding. SNIC therefore explicitly requests the acknowledgement of SNIC in scientific publications that required the use of SNIC resources, services or expertise.
Papers, presentations and other publications that feature work that relied on SNIC should include an acknowledgement.

SNAC has defined the following template for such acknowledgement: 

"The computations/data handling/[SIMILAR] were/was enabled by resources provided by the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) at [SNIC CENTRE] partially funded by the Swedish Research Council through grant agreement no. 2018-05973"

If applicable, also add an acknowledgement for application support:

"[NAME] at [SNIC CENTER] is acknowledged for assistance concerning technical and implementational aspects [OR SIMILAR] in making the code run on the [OR SIMILAR] [SNIC CENTER] resources."

or

"We thank [NAME] at [SNIC CENTER] for [his/her] assistance with [describe tasks such as porting, optimization, etc.], which was made possible through application support provided by SNIC."

If you are uncertain about how to fill in the SNIC Center, consult the enumeration of SNIC centres.

Qualifications requirements

In general, the applicant must fulfil the following qualification requirements in order to be eligible for allocations within each respective SNIC Round:

  1. Large Compute/Storage and SENS Large: The applicant must be at least assistant professor at an eligible institution in order to qualify for allocation.

  2. Medium Compute/Storage and SENS/SSC Medium: The applicant must be at least assistant professor at a Swedish HEI in order to qualify for allocation.

  3. Small Compute/Storage, SENS/SSC Small and AI: The applicant must be at least doctoral student at a Swedish HEI in order to qualify for allocation.

In line with the practice used by the Swedish Research Council, applicants from artistic fields need only possess a high level of scientific expertise, and must not necessarily have obtained a doctorate in order to qualify.

Instructions for proposals for SNIC Rounds

The proposal should be filled out electronically via https://supr.snic.se/.

The applicant should provide the mandatory information below. Additionally the applicant may provide non-mandatory information using the proposal form.

For recurring proposals, do not forget the activity report above.

Principal investigator information

The PI shall provide the mandatory information regarding the following items.

  1. Name
  2. Email
  3. Position
  4. Gender
  5. Department
  6. Organisation

Basic information

The applicant is required to submit information as stated at https://supr.snic.se/.

  1. Project title Title of the proposed project.
  2. Abstract A project abstract in English (max 500 words).

Resource usage

  1. Specify and describe the software that will be used. Unless it is centre provided, specify how it is parallelized, and how well and to what extent it scales for the problem sizes that will be studied.
  2. Motivate answers to the system-specific questionsasked per resource. That is, motivate your estimate of typical and maximal number of cores per job, the memory requirements, per core, per node or aggregated as adequate for the particular resource and parallelization scheme. Also, specify the amount and type of storage requested, i.e. fast temporary storage during job execution, short-term storage, and long-term/archivalstorage.
  3. Other specific software and hardware requirements.

Affiliation

  1. Name of university, institute or similar.

Classification

  1. Classify the project according to VR classification codes.

Large Compute/Storage, and SENS Large

The following information is required, in addition to the information common for all rounds:

  1. CV of the Principal Investigator, PI. Maximum 2 pages.
  2. Publication list of the principal investigator.

Specifically for Large compute/SENS Large rounds the following information mustbe provided by the applicant:

SNIC Project Description. Maximum 5 pages.

  1. Overview (½ page)
    Provide an abstract of the proposed research and computations.
  2. Resource usage, codes,and performance (1½ pages)
    Describe how your applications can make efficient use of the requested resources. Give numbers and/or indicate measures of scalability and performance (for example a graph of execution time versus number of cores). Include records of usage if you have been granted time for this or a similar projectin previous allocation rounds. If the requested time differs significantly from earlier allocations and/or used time, please explain the difference. Also motivate if specific resources (such as large memory, GPUs, etc.) are requested.
  3. Scientific challenges (2 pages)
    Describe how the proposed project relates to the state of the art of the scientific area, has the potential to increase the knowledge within its scientific area, and how the proposed project uses adequate computational methods to address scientific questions. Include a justification for the need of large-scale data/HPC.
  4. Research group and management (½page)
    Describe the complete research group that will be working on the proposed project: name of members, HPC experience, position, and roles. Indicate how the allocated time will be managed within the group.
  5. References (½page)
    Include a list of references for the project description.

Specifically for Large storage rounds the following information must be provided by the applicant.

SNIC Project Description. Maximum 5 pages.

  1. Overview (½ page)
    Provide an abstract of the proposed research, data origin and planned analysis. If relevant mention what compute projects are generating the data (SNIC projects, PRACE, etc.)
  2. Data management plan (1½ pages)
    Describe how your applications can make efficient use of the requested resources. Motivate and provide explicit numbers related to size, generation rate, number of files etcetera. Describe how data will be generated (codes, data type etc.), transferred into and out of the system. Describe how data will be managed on the system, for example using scratch/permanent storage.Include records of usage only if this project is not a direct continuation of a previous one, or if you have not been granted time for a similar project in previous allocation rounds.Motivate if specific resources (for example at a specific centre) are requested.If applicable, describe how data will be made publicly available following the end of the project.
  3. Scientific challenges (2 pages)
    Describe how the proposed project relates to the state of the art of the scientific area, has the potential to increase the knowledge within itsscientific area, and how the proposed project uses adequate computational methods to address scientific questions. Include a justification for the need of large-scale data/HPC.If this proposal is linked to a SNIC Large Compute proposal applied for at the same time, just write See compute proposal.
  4. Research group and management (½ page)
    Describe the complete research group that will be working on the proposed project: name of members, HPC experience, position, and roles. Indicate how the allocated time will be managed within the group.If this proposal is linked to a SNIC Large Compute proposal applied for at the same time, just write See compute proposal.
  5. References (½page) Include a list of references for the project description.

Medium Compute/Storage, SENS/SSC Medium, and SNIC AI

The following information is required, in addition to the information common for all rounds:

Specifically for SNIC AI

  1. It should be clear to the reviewer that this research does indeed use AI techniques.
  2. A list of data sets to be used, if any, should be included together with a description on how data will be used during the project and a plan for how data produced during the project will be moved from the resource afterwards.

Small Compute/Storage and SENS/SSC Small

No further information is required in addition to the information common for all rounds.

Last modified: 2021-02-22