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ASP GAU Users

Overview

In order to use the supercomputers at NCAR, you need to apply for time and receive an allocation of time. The allocation period normally
runs from April to April, with requests being made in the preceding winter. Through ASP, small individual requests can be made. For large
requests, you will likely need to contact your division. Computer usage is tracked by GAUs, which is roughly the total number of CPU hours
you use. GAUs can be requested for personal projects, in which case the would be part of the ASP project or you can make a request in
conjunction with outside university researchers, which would be a "joint" allocation.

How to begin using ASP GAUs

  1. Apply for your "university" account online here, https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/docs/allocations/ncar-small-allocation-request-form
  2. Contact your division/program/lab IT group and have yourself added to their accounts.
  3. Contact Paula Fisher (paulad@ucar.edu) to have you added to the ASP accounts.

GAU Usage

GAU usage is tracked by NCAR in 30 day and 90 day time spans. For the ASP account, the group is not allowed to use more than their allocated
30 day or 90 day allotment. However, any unused GAUs are lost and CAN NOT be carried over into future months. Thus to make sure that we make
efficient use of our resources, we need to try to use our 30 day allocation each month, but we can not over use it. If we go over, all jobs
from the group will be put on hold and will not be run. If we do not use all of our allotment, then we may not get our full request the next year.

To try to help the group efficiently use our allocation, at the beginning of the month each user with an allocation must indicate the number of
GAUS they plan to use that month up to their monthly allocation. If they have not claimed their GAUs by the 7th of the month, then any of the
other GAU users can increase their usage beyond their monthly allocation up to the remaining limit. Postdocs who did not request an allocation
would also be eligible to use this unclaimed hours, but the first time you will need to contact Paula to get the project number and to your
account added to the ASP project. If you need time, but all of the monthly allocation has been claimed, you can try contacting those with the
largest requests and see if they can make any time available to you. Otherwise, you will need to wait until the next month. Joint allocations
have their own project accounts, so they are responsible for their own GAUs and to use any extra GAUs from them you would need to contact the
postdoc in charge and ask to be added to their project.

We will be tracking usage in the ASP project on a monthly basis to make sure that we are using our allotment and that no one is either under
using or over using the resources they said they would need for that month.

So in summary, the following GAU allocation process will used:

  1. On the 1st of the month, an e-mail will be sent reminding people to make their monthly request and indicating the GAU statistics for the previous month.
  2. By the 7th of the month, each user should indicate their request for the month. NOTE: If you will not use any GAUs, then put a 0 in the table, so we know that you have made your request. You can not request more than your monthly allotment in the initial request.
  3. On the 8th of the month, an e-mail will be sent indicating the GAU requests for the month and the additional number of GAUs that are available. These can be claimed on the wiki in a first come first served basis by adding additional GAUs to your request for the current month. Please update the monthly total, so everyone knows how many GAUs remain unallocated.

Allocations

For the current month, the value listed in the month column per person is the number of GAUs requested by the person. For past months, it is
the number of GAUs used by the person, with their actual usage listed in parenthesis following the allocation.

2010-2011

ASP GAUs

Name

Annual

Monthly

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total

Chuck Bardeen

21,000

1,750

7

155

1044

2000

2,750 (482)

(320)

(10)

1750(11)

0 (210)

 

 

 

 

Sebastien Blaise

24,000

2,000

707

0

0

25

0 (0)

0 (0)

0 (0)

0(0)

0 (0)

0(0)

0

0

 

Clark Evans

5,000

417

0

0

0

750

1000 (856)

417 (247)

417 (445)

4400 (4555)

8000 (8568)

6000 (5037)

2000 (3434)

3000

 

Alexandra Jahn

72,000

6,000

96

51

112

1117

600 (1505)

(0)

0 (0)

(0)

0 (0)

(0)

0

0

 

Song-Lak Kang

19,200

1,600

0

129

0

-

-

(0)

(0)

(127)

0 (1567)

(189)

 

 

 

Marrielle Saunois

26,000

2,167

0

0

0

-

-

(0)

(0)

(0)

0 (0)

(0)

 

 

 

Lulin Xue

20,000

1,667

0

0

0

-

- (635)

(3595)

(0)

(0)

0 (143)

(5231)

3000 (11744)

 

 

Ronald Gordon

0

0

0

0

0

3750

7500 (3831)

(2125)

(713)

(2039)

0 (1154)

(378)

2000  (1157)

2000

 

Jasper Kok

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

250 (58)

8000 (6677)

8000 (5471)

7600 (7211)

2000(453)

 

0

 

Xian Lu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1400 (338)

0 (143)

(0)

(749)

 

 

Total

187,200

15,600

810

335

1156

7225

11850

667 (6345)

8417 (7845)

15550 (12541)

15600 (18853)

8000(11288)

7000 (17084)

5000

 

Joint GAUs

Name

Annual

Monthly

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Total

Jia Yue

6,000

500

1100

527

1910

1480

0(0)

0(0)

0 (540)

650 (767)

0

1000(1060)

0

0

0

Jonathan Vigh

32,000

2,667

0

0

0

0

0(0)

0(0)

(0)

0 (0)

2000 (0)

10000 (0)

16000

16000

32000

Total

38,000

3,167

1100

527

1910

1480

0

0(0)

0 (540)

650

2000

10000

10000

10000

32000

Mailing List

If you wish to use ASP GAUs, you need to sign up for the mailing list listed below. This is how we will communicate with each other when there are
issues with how GAUs are being used.

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