SNIC Large Storage

LARGE Storage Fall 2020

The call for LARGE Storage is open. Deadline for applications is 2020-10-16, at 3 pm.

Calls for LARGE allocations are issued twice a year by SNIC. The allocation periods start July 1st and January 1st for a 6- or 12-month period.

For instructions regarding eligibility and how to apply please read How to apply for LARGE allocations.  

The table below shows SNIC resources that are available in the call SNIC Large Storage, Fall 2020 (period 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021). These resources are attached to the respective compute cluster at the centres.

Centre Resource Space (GiB) No. of files Minimum (GiB)
C3SE Cephyr NOBACKUP 300 000 400 000 000 40 000
HPC2N Nobackup 300 000 300 000 000 20 000
NSC Centre Storage 1 200 000 60 000 000 50 000
PDC Klemming 2 000 000 300 000 000 100 000
UPPMAX Crex 1 500 000 N/A 100 000
dCache Swestore 1 000 000 N/A 100 000
iRODS Swestore 1 000 000 N/A 100 000


How to apply for Large Storage

Please first read the general information how to apply for allocations on SNIC resources

the PI must be a senior scientist in Swedish academia, at least at the level of assistant professor (forskarassistent).

Click here to go to the application form (opens in a new window/tab)

In addition to the application form, the application must include the following appendices that must be submitted electronically through the upload facility in the online proposal submission system.

1. CV of the PI - principal investigator (Maximum 2 pages.)

2. Publication list of the principal investigator

3.SNIC Project Description (Maximum 5 pages.)

Please upload the SNIC Project Description (maximum 5 pages).
If this is an updated version of the document from an earlier proposal, please highlight changes.

Overview (0.5 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.)

Data management plan (1.5 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 etc. 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.

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.

If this proposal is linked to a SNIC Large Compute proposal applied for at the same time, just write "See compute proposal."

Research group and management (0.5 page)
Describe the complete research group that will be working on the proposed project: name of member, HPC experience, position, and roles. Indicate how the allocated resource 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."

References (0.5 page)
Include a list of references for the project description.

4. Activity report (Maximum 8 pages.)

Please note that providing an activity report is mandatory.

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

The activity report must include an account of the major scientific achievements resulting from the use of the allocated SNIC resources, and any comparable resources not allocated via SNIC. If you include non-SNIC resources, please also provide allocation and usage statistics in the activity report.

Publications 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.

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

HPC/data related developments
The activity report must include any developments related to programming, code optimization, visualization, data optimization etc.

Acknowledging SNIC
Please note that you must give SNIC credit for research facilitated by SNIC resources. Failing to comply with this requirement will have a negative impact on future allocations of compute time. SNIC should be acknowledged as follows:

"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."

Note: The PI must be a senior scientist in Swedish academia, at least at the level of assistant professor (forskarassistent).

Note: The entire application must be written in English.

Note: Incomplete or late proposals will be discarded.

Note: For the evaluation of applications for LARGE allocations, a peer review procedure is used. SNAC evaluates the applications and decides on the allocations. The evaluation is based on scientific merit, need for the resources, feasibility of efficient use of the requested resources, and impact. For the evaluation of an application for a LARGE allocation, SNAC may consult experts in the scientific and engineering area of the application as well as experts in applications and techniques for efficient resource utilization.

LARGE allocations are usually decided a few weeks before the start of the allocation period. It is not possible to apply for a LARGE allocation outside the regular calls. Applications outside the regular calls are normally only granted allocations of SMALL or MEDIUM size.

Minor applications for additional allocations to be added to an existing LARGE project allocation can be included.

Note: You are not allowed to have both Medium and Large Storage allocations at the same time. Should your Large Storage proposal be granted an allocation, any medium allocation will be terminated.