Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing

SNIC Small

This category targets individual researchers and research groups that are not familiar with using HPC resources and would like to build experience and install applications. Also existing SNIC projects that would like to get acquainted with other compute platforms can make use of this category.

A SMALL allocation can be requested at any time via a unified [online application form].

An application for a SMALL allocation usually has a limit on the 5000 core hours/month that can be requested.

The table below summarizes the SNIC resources that are available for SMALL allocations during 2018. The unit used are core hours/month (ch/m).

Centre Resource Tot 2018 Limit
C3SE Hebbe 100 000 5 000
HPC2N Abisko
Kebnekaise Large Memory
200 000
200 000
  40 000
5 000
5 000
5 000
Lunarc Aurora 100 000 5 000
NSC Triolith* 200 000 5 000
UPPMAX Rackham 280 000 5 000

* Triolith will be replaced with a new system named Tetralith. Awarded Triolith allocations will be transferred to Tetralith and users migrated. Details will be announced later.

The Tetralith installation will take place in two stages. The first stage will have a capacity that exceeds the current computing capacity of Triolith. NSC plan to have the first stage available from July 1, 2018. The second part is installed after Triolith is decommissioned and dismounted. NSC plan to have the entire Tetralith in operation by November. Existing centre storage will remain and be reconnected to Tetralith. Tetralith will be running a CentOS 7 version of the NSC Cluster Software Environment.

Tetralith will consist of 1892 servers. Each server has two Intel Xeon Gold 6130 processors providing 32 cores per server. 1832 of the servers is equipped with 96 GiB of primary memory and 60 servers with 384 GiB. All servers are interconnected with a 100 Gbit Intel Omni-Path network which is also used to connect the existing storage.

Read more how to apply for access

How to apply for Small SNIC allocations

Applications for SMALL allocations can be submitted at any time. 

If you are a researcher affiliated with a Swedish higher-education institution, you can apply for a project in via SUPR, SNIC’s project management system.

The PI must be a scientist in Swedish academia, at least at the level of PhD student (doktorand).

To apply for a new project you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Register a new “Person” (only if this is your first SNIC project).
  2. Log into SUPR using your new credentials.
  3. Create a project proposal using one of the rounds called “SNAC Small [SNIC centre, yyyy]“.
  4. Sign the SNIC User Agreement.

Step 4 is important but easy to forget. Without it your account/project will not be created.  If you have SWAMID, you can sign the User Agreement directly in the SUPR WebUI. If not, you need to send in the form via regular mail.

Once your project has been approved, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to log in etc.

Click here to go to the application form