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Most Important Changes

  • The Pawsey Energy & Resources Merit Allocation Scheme has been discontinued. Researchers from the Australian energy and resources research community are encouraged to apply through the NCMAS and Pawsey Partner schemes.
  • In 2022 researchers applying through the NCMAS and Pawsey Partner Schemes will apply for allocations on Setonix Phase 1 (first Request) and Setonix Phase 2 (second Request) separately.
  • Applicants to Pawsey Partner Scheme will use new submission form available here:  https://ssl.linklings.net/organizations/pawsey/
  • Pawsey Partner Scheme Assessments Criteria has been updated

For technical details about changes in supercomputing services for 2022 visit: Changes in Supercomputing Services for 2022

NCMAS

Pawsey Partners

The Pawsey Energy & Resources Merit Allocation Scheme has been discontinued. Researchers from the Australian energy and resources research community are encouraged to apply through the NCMAS and Pawsey Partner schemes. 

Pawsey Partner Scheme Assessment Criteria

The following table details the current and proposed criteria:

Old criteria

New criteria

Research (50%)

  • Project Quality and Innovation (research criteria, 30%)

  • Investigators (research criteria, 10%)

  • Benefit and Impact (research criteria, 10%)

Technical (50%)

  • Suitability (technical criteria, 15%)

  • Scalability (technical criteria, 10%)

  • Usage (technical criteria, 10%)

  • Appropriateness of Request (technical criteria, 15%)

Research (70%)

  • Project Quality and Innovation (research criteria, 30%)

  • Investigators (research criteria, 15%)

  • Appropriateness of Request (research criteria, 15%)

  • Benefit and Impact (research criteria, 10%)

Technical (30%)

  • Suitability (technical review, 15%)

  • Scalability (technical review, 15%)

Available Core Hours for 2022 Allocations (Pawsey Supercomputing Centre)

The computational resources available to researchers through the Pawsey Partner and NCMAS schemes will increase substantially with the delivery of Setonix Phase 2 in the second half of 2022. In 2022 researchers applying through these schemes will apply separately for allocations on Setonix Phase 1 (first request) and Setonix Phase 2 (second request).

The applications will be open only for Setonix CPU partition allocations.

Resources available for first and second requests and minimum allocation sizes are presented in table 1. 


Table 1. Resources available for first and second requests

Scheme

First Request

full year

Second Request

2H 2022 pro rata

Pawsey Partner Merit Allocation Scheme

Scheme total capacity110M Service Units (SUs)

max. 190M Service Units

Minimum request size100k Service Units1M Service Units
National Computational Merit Allocation SchemeScheme total capacity

100M Service Units

max. 155M Service Units
Minimum request size250k Service Units1M Service Units

At the time of writing, the exact date of Setonix Phase 2 availability for researchers is not known. The maximum capacity in each scheme was calculated based on assumption that Setonix Phase 2 will become available from July 2022. The actual allocation sizes for secondary requests will be scaled pro rata based on Setonix Phase 2 availability. Here are two example scenarios:


Example 1

Research group A applied for and was awarded 2M SUs on Setonix Phase 1 and 10M SUs on Setonix Phase 2. Setonix, Phase 2 became available for researchers on the first day of Q4 2022.  

The real allocation of research group A is:

  • 2M SUs on Setonix Phase 1 available throughout the year,
  • 5M SUs on Setonix Phase 2 available in Q4 2022.

Example 2

Research group B applied for and was awarded 1M SUs on Setonix Phase 1 and 5M SUs on Setonix Phase 2. Setonix Phase 2 became available for researchers on the first day of 2H 2022. The real allocation of research group B is:

  • 1M SUs on Setonix Phase 1 available throughout the year,
  • 5M SUs on Setonix Phase 2 available in 2H 2022.

There is no maximum limit to the amount of time that can be requested. However, partial allocations may be awarded depending on the availability and demand for allocations within the scheme.

Note that 250,000 core hours in a year is approximately the equivalent of two 16-core workstations.  Applications for such small allocations must specify why access to a supercomputer is necessary for the research. Based on the scoring criteria below such uses of the supercomputer are unlikely to be competitive against other applications who demonstrate they need the expensive interconnect.  Nimbus Documentation Landing Page is better suited to single-node applications and has a light-weight application process. The minimum allocation size is higher for the second Request and will increase to 2M SUs per year in 2023 when both CPU and GPU partitions of Setonix will be available for Merit Allocation Schemes.

Other non-Pawsey resources are available under the NCMAS including NCI's Gadi supercomputer.

Timeline

MilestonePawsey Partner SchemeNCMAS Scheme

Calls Open

31st August 2021 - 11th October 2021 (5pm Anywhere on Earth Time)

18th August 2021 - 5th October 2021 (5pm AEDT)

Committee Meetings

13th - 17th December 2021

 1-2-3 December 2021

Applicants Notified

22nd December 2021

 21st December 2021
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