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UCAR Update

June 2007


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In brief
Sign up for NSF Facilities Users' Workshop
CISL invites large requests for computational resources


Sign up for NSF Facilities Users' Workshop
NSF, the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, and NCAR invite you to participate in the first-ever NSF Facilities Users' Workshop. The meeting will take place 24-26 September in Boulder. Attendees will be able to:

  • share experience on project planning, data stewardship, software tools, in-field service, instrument development, and other core activities
  • learn about the NSF facility request process in special tutorials for students and early-career scientists
  • meet representatives from funding agencies
  • interact with potential partners in instrument development

The meeting is designed for scientists familiar with requesting and using NSF facilities as well as those want to learn more about the process. Also invited are students and staff from funding and development partners, agencies, and collaborators.

Registration fees, deadlines, and the meeting agenda will appear soon at the first URL below. Participants may want to consider attending a consecutive workshop on the NSF Facilities Assesment (see second URL), on 27-28 September, where gaps in the community-wide portfolio of facilities and measurement capabilities will be examined.

Contact: Brigitte Baeuerle, NCAR/EOL, 303-497-2061
Users' Workshop
Facilities Assessment


CISL invites large requests for computational resources
NCAR's Computational & Information Systems Laboratory invites university researchers with NSF awards to submit requests for projects needing more than 6000 GAUs (general accounting units) by 4 September. Allocations may be used on blueice (an IBM Power 5+ cluster with 1600 batch processors) or bluevista (an IBM Power 5 cluster with 576 batch processors). One processor hour on bluevista or blueice is equal to 0.87 GAUs.

With the addition of blueice this year, NCAR-based computational resources for university researchers with NSF support have almost tripled. The median request is now 20,000 GAUs, and several university requests for 100,000 GAUs have been approved.

Requests for 6000 GAUs or less can be submitted at any time. One-time allocations of 1000 GAUs are available to graduate students, and one-time allocations of 3000 GAUs are available to postdoctoral researchers and new faculty (those who completed doctorates within the past five years).

Deadline: 4 September
Contact: Ginger Caldwell, NCAR/CISL, 303-497-1229
Overview of allocation process


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