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How to Use the PSC Grant Management System

The PSC Grant Management System makes managing your grant and user information simple and easy. This powerful interface also allows you to retrieve detailed information regarding your PSC allocation, job runs, and grant status.

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Levels of user access

There are three different access levels for users of the PSC Grant Management System:

  • Users: Every user on a grant can access general grant allocation information and update their personal information.
  • Accounting Users: In addition to regular user access, users who have been given accounting privileges by their PI can access detailed grant accounting information. NOTE: The NSF XSEDE Add User Form does not include an option to add a user to a grant with detailed accounting privileges. To give an XSEDE user accounting privileges, the PI on the grant should send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Grant PIs and Co-PIs: In addition to the access granted to accounting users, PIs and Co-PIs can see information pertaining to individual users on their grant. PIs and Co-PIs also have the power to manage their grant by setting remaining time and usage notifications, setting usage limits, adding and removing users, and updating the grant abstract.

If you are unsure of your access level, please contact your PI or call the PSC Hotline at 1-800-221-1641.

Accessing the PSC Grant Management System

To use the Grant Management System, go to https://grants.psc.edu/cgi-bin/arms/authenicate/GMS_grant.pl. This address is also linked to on the main PSC ARMS page. You will be prompted for your PSC username and PSC (Kerberos) password. This is the same username and password that you use to login to all of the PSC computing systems.

After logging in, you will see the grants listing page, welcoming you to the PSC Grant Management System and listing your active grants.

Understanding the grant listings page

All of your active grants are shown on this page. The PSC grant number is on the left, and the corresponding NSF/XSEDE grant number is shown to the right. Depending on your access level, your active grants are displayed as follows:

  • Grants on which you are the PI or Co-PI
  • Grants on which you have accounting privileges
  • Grants on which you are a regular user

If you have any expired grants, you will see a link labeled "Display Non-Active Grants". If you are not a user on any non-active grants, the message "There are no non-active grants to display" will appear.

Looking at information for a specific grant

All user levels can access general grant allocation information and update their own personal user information.

To see information about a grant, click on the grant number. A page listing detailed information about the selected grant appears.

This information includes the PSC grant number, the NSF/XSEDE grant number (if applicable) the PI name, the grant start and end dates, and the grant title. Below this are three links:

  • Display grant information for grant: grant-number, which shows you general grant information
  • Manage user information for: user, which allows you to manage your personal information
  • Home, which takes you back to the first page of the PSC Grant Management System.

Displaying general grant information

Click Display grant information for grant grant-number to see basic information regarding the selected grant. A new page is shown which gives information on the selected grant in three sections:

  • Chargeable Machines
  • Non-chargeable Machines
  • Non-Active Production Machines

Chargeable Machines — All PSC production machines allocated to this grant are displayed. Information on the platform, machine, charge ID, allocation start date, allocation end date, allocation amount, and remaining balance are shown.

Non-chargeable Machines — Other PSC machines which you have access to are displayed along with the end date of your grant's access to this machine. These machines include the Data Supercell.

Non-Active Production Machines — Any machines which your grant once had access to but on which your allocation has expired are listed. Information on the platform, machine, charge ID, allocation start date, allocation end date, allocation amount, and remaining balance are shown.

An example of the "Display Grant Information for Grant:" option.
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Managing your user information

Click Manage user information for: user to see your personal information associated with this grant. This function allows you to change or update your mailing and email addresses with the PSC. You also can select which PSC mailing lists you would like to be on.

Updating your contact information

To update your address, email, phone, and fax information click Update Address.

A menu box will appear containing the address, phone, email, and fax information the PSC has on file for you.

To update or change this information, simply change the text in each box you wish to change. When you have finished, click Submit at the bottom of the page to finalize your changes.

A confirmation email will be sent to both your old and your new email address to verify the changes you have entered. A notification will also be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

Managing mailing lists

To add or remove yourself from PSC mailing lists, click Add/Remove Mailing Lists.

If you are already on a PSC mailing list, a menu box will appear labeled "Remove me from this list". This box shows the mailing lists you are on.

To remove yourself from a list, click check box to the right of the mailing list. When you have finished selecting lists to be removed from, click Submit to finalize your selections.

A notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

PSC mailing lists which you are not on will be listed in the menu box labeled "Mailing Lists which you can join".

To add yourself to one of these mailing lists, click on the check box to the right of the mailing list. When you have finished selecting lists to be added to, click Submit to finalize your selections.

A notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

Home

Clicking on Home takes you to the first page of the PSC Grant Managment System.

Displaying accounting information

Only Pis, co-PIs, and other users who have been given special accounting privileges by a grant's PI can access detailed grant accounting information.

NOTE: Currently, the NSF XSEDE Add User form does not include a provision to add a user to a grant with detailed accounting privileges. To give a user accounting privileges, the grant's PI should send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To see accounting information, first log in to the Grant Management System. On the grants listing page, you will see a section for grants on which you are a user with accounting privileges.

To see accounting information about one of these grants, click on the grant number. A page giving more information about the selected grant appears.

 PSC Grant Management System Documentation for PSC PIs and Co-PIs

As a PSC PI or Co-PI, you will be able to use the PSC Grant Management System to access information pertaining to your grant(s) and to make management changes to your grant(s) which regular users will not be able to do. You will also be able to view information on any other grants which you are a regular or accounting user on.

An example of the greeting box.

 



If you click on a PSC grant number for which you are the PI or Co-PI, you will be taken to a page detailing information pertaining to the grant you selected.

In the box at the top center of the page, the basic grant information for the selected grant is displayed under the title "Currently Selected Grant". This information includes the PSC grant number, the NSF/Teragrid grant number (if applicable) the PI name, the grant start and end dates, and the grant title.

Below this, under the title "Options", four hyperlinks and a "Home" link are listed. These four links will allow you to navigate between managing your grant, generating usage reports, viewing accounting information, managing your own personal user information, and returning to the main page. "Home" will take you to the first page of the PSC GMS.

An example of the "Currently Selected Grant" box. Notice the hyperlinked options in the bottom of the box.


Click on the hyperlink below to see documentation for each option:
"Display grant information for grant:"
"Display accounting information for grant:"
"Manage grant:"
"Manage user information for:"

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 "Display grant information for grant:"
Click the "Display grant information for grant:" link to see basic information regarding the selected grant. When you click on the link, this basic information will be displayed in three boxes. When you have finished with this information, you can scroll to the top, where the other five hyperlink options are still displayed in the "Currently Selected Grant" box.

In the first box, titled "Chargeable Machines", any PSC machines which you have a chargeable allocation on will be displayed. All of these machines require an allocation granted and then charged from. From left to right, the platform, machine, charge ID, allocation start date, allocation end date, allocation amount, and remaining balance will be displayed. For example, if you received an allocation of 115,000 on the PSC HP Marvel Jonas which started on 3/31/2005, and used 10,000 units on this machine, you would see the following information displayed:

Platform - Machine - Charge ID - Start Date - End Date - Allocation - Remaining Bal
JONAS - JONAS - yourchargeid - 03/31/2005 - 03/31/2006 - 115,000 - 105,000


In the next box, titled "Non-chargeable Machines", any PSC machines which you have access to will be displayed along with the end date of your grant.s access to this machine. These machines include our file archiver (EL).

Finally, in the next box, titled "Non-Active Production Machines", you will see a listing of any machines which your grant once had access to but on which your allocation has expired. These machines are displayed in the same format as "Chargeable Machines".

An example of the "Display Grant Information for Grant:" option.

 "Display accounting information for grant:"
This option allows you to view more detailed usage and accounting information regarding the currently selected grant. When you follow this hyperlink, you are taken to a menu labeled "Options for displaying detailed accounting information". You have several choices here to generate a report on the usage of the specified grant and it's users.

Note: The "Currently Selected Grant" menu box will still appear on your page. You can utilize the options in this box at any time. Clicking on "Home" will return you to the first page of the PSC GMS.

The output of your query is by default ordered by the run date of each job. You can change this by clicking on the drop down menu and selecting one of the other eight options.

Next, you can select a date range for your query. Enter the date which you want to start your query with in the first box and the date you want to end your query with in the second box. You can query all jobs run by entering the selected grant's start date in the first box, and either the current date or the grant's end date in the second box (depending on whether the grant is active or not).

Finally, you can specify which machine(s) you want your report to show. By default, the query will display results for all machines which the selected grant has had an allocation on. If you want to generate a more specific report, click on the drop down menu and specify which machine you would like to display.

When you have made all of your query specifications, click on the "Submit Query" button to generate a report with the results you requested. Your report will be displayed in a box, with all of the jobs listed vertically according to the specifications you selected. From left to right across the page, you will see the following information for each job:

Run Date - Username - Job ID - Resource ID - Command - SU Used - SU Charged - Refund

At the end, the SU Used, SU Charged, and Refund columns are summed.

This box is easily copied and pasted into a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel.

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 "Manage grant:"
This option, available to you as a PI or Co-PI, allows you to manage several aspects of the selected grant.

When you follow this hyperlink, a box displaying five different options will appear.

What the "Manage grant" options box looks like.


These options are:
"Set notifications for grant:"
"Set soft limits for grant"
"Add a new user to grant:"
"Remove a user from grant"
"View/update abstract"
Click on any of the above links to see documentation for this feature.

Note: The "Currently Selected Grant" menu box will still appear on your page. You can utilize the options in this box at any time. Clicking on "Home" will return you to the first page of the PSC GMS.



 "Set notifications for grant:"
You can utilize this function of the PSC GMS to set up remaining time and remaining usage email notifications for your grant.

To utilize this function, login to the PSC GMS. Click on the grant number hyperlink to select the grant which you wish to work with. Next, click the "Manage Grant" hyperlink. Then click on the "Set notifications for grant:" link.

When you click this link, two menu boxes will appear.

The first Notifications menu box. Select the type of notifications you would like to be sent here.


In the first menu box, select the type of notifications which you would like to be sent. You can set this feature to send notifications when the selected grant has half of it's allocation remaining, a quarter of it's allocation remaining, when six months of active status for the grant are left, when three months of active status for the grant are left, or when one month of active status the grant is left. You can select as many of these as you wish, and you also have the option to select them all by clicking the check box next to "check/uncheck all". When you have finished setting up which notifications you want to be sent, click on the "Save changes" button.

The second Notifications menu box. Select which users will received the notifications here.


In the next menu box, you can select which members of the currently selected grant will received the notifications you set in the first menu box. All of the active users of the selected grant are displayed in the box, along with the email address we have on file for them. To select a user to receive the notifications, click on the check box to the left of his or her email address. When the user is selected, the notifications you selected in the first menu box will be sent to the displayed email address. You have the ability to select any or all of the users listed. To have notifications sent to all users listed, click the box next to "check/uncheck all", at the top of the menu box. When you have finished selecting users to receive notifications, click on the "Save changes" button at the bottom of the menu box.

This finalizes your choices, and the email notifications you opted for will now be sent to the users you selected.

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 "Set soft limits for grant"
Utilize this function of the PSC GMS to set "soft" usage limits for any individual user on your grant. When the user reaches the usage limit you have set for him or her, an email will be dispatched to you informing you that the user has reached his or her soft limit.

To utilize this function, login to the PSC GMS. Click on the hyperlinked grant number to select the grant which you wish to work with. Next, click the "Manage Grant" hyperlink. Then click on the "Set soft limits for grant" link.

When you click on this link, a menu box displaying all of the users on your grant, with their email addresses will appear. There will be a checkbox to the left of their email address. Check this box if you want this user to receive notification when ANY user on your grant has exceeded his or her soft limit. To select or de-select all users on your grant, use the check box marked "check/uncheck all". When you have finalized your choices, click the button labeled "Save Changes" to implement the choices you made.

The first soft limits menu box. Use this box to select which users will receive soft limit notification emails.


In the next menu box, labeled "Set a soft limit for every user on your grant", you have the option to set usage limits for EVERY user on your grant. All of the machines your grant has access to are listed in this box. From left to right, the following information will be displayed: Machine, soft limit (an entry box, empty if no soft limit has been set), and start date for soft limit.

The soft limit will include all usage starting from the date entered into the entry box on the right side of the menu labeled "Start date for soft limit". The default date is the date the last allocation was awarded to your grant, but you can change this to whatever you choose simply by typing a new date into the box. To set a soft limit for EVERY user on your grant on the machine specified, simply type the limit amount into the "Soft Limit" entry box in the proper row for the machine you want to limit them on. For example, in the box below, all users on the selected grant have been assigned a soft limit of 500 SUs on Teragrid Roaming at the PSC, and 10000 SUs on the XT3. When you have finished selecting limits for EVERY user on your grant or changing the start date for these limits, click on the "Save Changes" button to implement the choices you selected.

The second soft limits menu box. Use this box to set universal soft limits for all users on your grant in one step.


Next, you have the option to set usage limits for each INDIVIDUAL user on your grant in the next menu box, labeled "Set an individual soft limit for a specific user". All users on your grant are listed in this box. From left to right, the following information will be displayed in this box: Username, machine(s) user has access to, soft limit (an entry box, empty if no soft limit has been set), and start date for soft limit. The username is a hyperlink. Clicking on this link will bring up a new page showing detailed grant accounting for this user on your grant so that you are able to make an informed decision regarding this user's soft limit. Follow the instructions provided in the "Display accounting information for grant:" section of this documentation to generate more specific queries for this user's usage.

The soft limit will include all usage starting from the date entered into the entry box on the right side of the menu labeled "Start date for soft limit". The default date is the date the last allocation was awarded to your grant, but you can change this to whatever you choose simply by typing a new date into the box. To set a soft limit for an INDIVIDUAL user on your grant on the machine specified, simply type the limit amount into the "Soft Limit" entry box in the proper row for the user and machine you want to limit them on. For example, the sample box below shows that user "examuser" has no soft limits set; user "pscresea" has a softlimit of 2500 on Teragrid Roaming at the PSC, and 10000 on XT3; and user pstudent has different softlimits still. When you have finished selecting limits for INDIVIDUAL users on your grant or changing the start date for these limits, click on the "Save Changes" button to implement the choices you selected.

The third soft limits menu box. Use this box to set individual soft limits for individual users on your grant.

 

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 "Add a new user to grant:"
Utilize this function of the PSC GMS to add a new user to the currently selected grant.

To utilize this function, login to the PSC GMS. Click on the grant number hyperlink to select the grant which you wish to work with. Next, click the "Manage Grant" hyperlink. Then click on the "Add a new user to grant" link.

Two different methods are employed here to add users to the currently selected grant: One for users to be added to NSF/Teragrid platforms, and one for users to be added to non-NSF/Teragrid platforms.

If the specified grant has access to NSF/Teragrid platform(s) and you wish to add a user to a one of them, a link will be displayed to the NSF/Teragrid Add User form. All of the NSF/Teragrid platforms you have access to at the PSC will be listed with this link. If this link does not appear, the specified grant does not have access to any NSF/Teragrid platforms. This link will be displayed in the following format and may include the following machines:

"To add users to TERAGRID WIDE ROAMING or XT3, Click Here."

NOTE: CURRENTLY, THE NSF TERAGRID ADD USER FORM DOES NOT INCLUDE A PROVISION TO ADD A USER TO A GRANT WITH DETAILED ACCOUNTING PRIVILEGES. TO GIVE AN NSF TERAGRID USER ACCOUNTING PRIVILEGES, THE GRANT'S PI SHOULD SEND EMAIL TO GRANTS @PSC.EDU.

Clicking on this link will bring up the Teragrid Add/Remove User form in a new window.

To add a user to a non-NSF/Teragrid platform, fill in the add user form displayed. All of the information is required with the exception of the "Comments" box at the end. This box is available if you have special instructions regarding the addition of this user. Select the machine which you wish to add the user to by clicking the check box next to the correct machine. When all of the information has been entered, click the "Add User" button to add this user to the specified platform and grant. At this point a notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

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 "Remove a user from grant:"
Follow this link to remove an active user from one or all of the platforms of the specified grant.

To utilize this function, login to the PSC GMS. Click on the hyperlinked grant number to select the grant which you wish to work with. Next, click the "Manage Grant" hyperlink. Then click on the "Remove a user from grant:" link.

Two different methods are employed here to remove users from the currently selected grant: One for users on NSF/Teragrid platforms, and one for users on non-NSF/Teragrid platforms.

For users on NSF/Teragrid platforms: If the selected grant has an allocation on a NSF/Teragrid platform(s), a menu box will appear listing all users on the NSF/Teragrid platforms you grant has access to. The users are listed by username and the platform they are active on. To remove a NSF/Teragrid user, follow the link at the top of the menu box to the NSF/Teragrid Add/Remove User form and follow the instructions on this page.

This link will be displayed in the following format:

"To remove users from TERAGRID WIDE ROAMING or XT3, Click Here".

Clicking on this link will bring up the Teragrid Add/Remove User form in a new window.

For users on non-NSF/Teragrid platforms: If the selected grant has a non-NSF/Teragrid allocation at the PSC, another menu box will appear listing all of the users on the non-NSF/Teragrid platforms the specified grant has access to. This menu box has the title "To remove the following user(s) from PSC platforms, check the user(s) and click submit." In it, all of the users will be listed by username and platform To remove a user, click the check box to the left of their username. When you have finished selecting users to remove from this grant, click "Submit" to finalize their removal. At this point a notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

What the remove user menu box for local PSC users looks like. To remove a user, click the box next to the platform you with to remove them from.
A similar box is displayed for NSF Teragrid users, but you must use the Teragrid Add/Remove user form to remove Teragrid users.

 

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 "View/update abstract."
Follow this link to view and change the abstract the PSC has on file for the currently specified grant.

To utilize this function, login to the PSC GMS. Click on the hyperlinked grant number to select the grant which you wish to work with. Next, click the "Manage Grant" hyperlink. Then click on the "View/update abstract" link.

A box will appear displaying your current abstract. Below this box is a text entry box. To add a new abstract or to make changes to your existing abstract, entire the entire abstract in its new form here. When you have finished, click on the "Submit" button to finalize your updates. At this point a notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

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 "Manage user information for:"
This function allows you to change or update your mailing and email addresses with the PSC. You also can select which PSC mailing lists you would like to be on.

 To update your address, email, phone, and fax information click on the link labeled "Update Address."
A menu box will appear containing text entry fields for the address, phone, email, and fax information the PSC has on file for you. These boxes will be automatically filled with the information we currently have on file for you. To update or change this information, simply change the text in each box you wish to change. When you have finished, click on the .Submit. button at the bottom of the page to finalize your changes. A confirmation email will be sent to both your old and your new email address to verify the changes you have entered. At this point a notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

 To add or remove yourself from PSC mailing lists, click on the link labeled "Add/Remove Mailing Lists".
If you are already on a PSC mailing list, a menu box will appear labeled "Remove me from this list". In this box the mailing lists you will be on are listed. To remove yourself, click on the check box to the right of the mailing list. When you have finished selecting lists to be removed from, click on the "Submit" button to finalize your selections. At this point a notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

PSC mailing lists which you are not on will be listed in the next menu box, labeled "Mailing Lists which you can join". In this box, all of the mailing lists you are not on will be listed. To add yourself to one of these mailing lists, click on the check box to the right of the mailing list. When you have finished selecting lists to be added to, click on the "Submit" button to finalize your selections. At this point a notification will be sent to PSC staff including the information you entered. PSC staff will then act on this notification to implement the changes you requested.

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An example of the "Currently Selected Grant" box. Notice the hyperlinked options in the bottom of the box.


Click on the hyperlink below to see documentation for each option:
"Display grant information for grant:"
"Display accounting information for grant:"
"Manage user information for:"

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 "Display grant information for grant:"
Click the "Display grant information for grant:" link to see basic information regarding the selected grant. When you click on the link, this basic information will be displayed in three boxes. When you have finished with this information, you can scroll to the top, where the other four hyperlink options are still displayed in the "Currently Selected Grant" box.

In the first box, titled "Chargeable Machines", any PSC machines which your grant has a chargeable allocation on will be displayed. All of these machines require an allocation granted and then charged from. From left to right, the platform, machine, charge ID, allocation start date, allocation end date, allocation amount, and remaining balance will be displayed. For example, if your grant received an allocation of 115,000 on the PSC HP Marvel Jonas which started on 3/31/2005, and used 10,000 units on this machine, you would see the following information displayed:

Platform - Machine - Charge ID - Start Date - End Date - Allocation - Remaining Bal
JONAS - JONAS - yourchargeid - 03/31/2005 - 03/31/2006 - 115,000 - 105,000


In the next box, titled "Non-chargeable Machines", any PSC machines which you have access to will be displayed along with the end date of your grant's access to this machine. These machines include our file archiver (EL).

Finally, in the next box, titled "Non-Active Production Machines", you will see a listing of any machines which your grant once had access to but on which your allocation has expired. These machines are displayed in the same format as "Chargeable Machines".

An example of the "Display Grant Information for Grant:" option.

 

The PSC Grant Management System

The simple, easy to use PSC Grant Management System is available to all PSC users to retrieve detailed information regarding their PSC allocation, job runs, and grant status. PIs and Co-PIs can use its powerful tools to manage their grants, including making some changes.

Acknowledgement in Publications

All publications, copyrighted or not, resulting from an allocation of computing time at PSC should include an acknowledgement. Please acknowledge both the funding source that supported your access to PSC and the specific PSC resources that you used.

Proper acknowledgment is critical for our ability to solicit continued funding to support these projects and next generation hardware.

XSEDE supported research on Bridges

We ask that you use the following text:

This work used the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which is supported by National Science Foundation grant number OCI-1053575.  Specifically, it used the Bridges system, which is supported by NSF award number ACI-1445606, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).”

Please include the following citations:

Towns, J., Cockerill, T., Dahan, M., Foster, I., Gaither, K., Grimshaw, A., Hazlewood, V., Lathrop, S., Lifka, D., Peterson, G.D., Roskies, R., Scott, J.R. and Wilkens-Diehr, N. 2014. XSEDE: Accelerating Scientific Discovery. Computing in Science & Engineering. 16(5):62-74. http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MCSE.2014.80.
Nystrom, N. A., Levine, M. J., Roskies, R. Z., and Scott, J. R. 2015. Bridges: A Uniquely Flexible HPC Resource for New Communities and Data Analytics. In Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Conference on Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (St. Louis, MO, July 26-30, 2015). XSEDE15. ACM, New York, NY, USA. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2792745.2792775.

If you wish to acknowledge ECSS support, please include this text: 

We thank [consultant name(s)] for [his/her/their] assistance with [describe tasks such as porting, optimization, visualization, etc.], which was made possible through the XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) program.

 

XSEDE supported research on Blacklight

We ask that you use the following text:

This work used the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which is supported by National Science Foundation award number ACI-1053575. Specifically, it used the Blacklight system, which is supported by NSF award number ACI-1041726, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

Please include the following citations:

Towns, J., Cockerill, T., Dahan, M., Foster, I., Gaither, K., Grimshaw, A., Hazlewood, V., Lathrop, S., Lifka, D., Peterson, G.D., Roskies, R., Scott, J.R. and Wilkens-Diehr, N. 2014. XSEDE: Accelerating Scientific Discovery. Computing in Science & Engineering. 16(5):62-74. http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MCSE.2014.80.
Nystrom, N., Welling, J., Blood, P. and Goh, E.L. Blacklight: Coherent Shared Memory for Enabling Science. In Contemporary High Performance Computing: From Petascale Toward Exascale; Vetter J., Ed.; CRC Computational Science Series, Taylor & Francis:Boca Raton, 2013; pp 431−450.

If you wish to acknowledge ECSS support, please include this text: 

We thank [consultant name(s)] for [his/her/their] assistance with [describe tasks such as porting, optimization, visualization, etc.], which was made possible through the XSEDE Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) program.

National Institutes of Health supported research

We ask that you use the following text:

This research was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health through resources provided by the National Resource for Biomedical Supercomputing (P41 RR06009), which is part of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. 

followed by an acknowledgement of any PSC resources that you used. For example:

Specifically, it used the Blacklight system, which is supported by NSF award number ACI-1041726, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

 

Research on Anton

Please use the following paragraph (or similiar) to cite your work conducted on Anton. Proper acknowledgment is critical for our ability to solicit continued funding for the project.

Anton computer time was provided by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) through Grant R01GM116961 from the National Institutes of Health. The Anton machine at PSC was generously made available by D.E. Shaw Research.

The proper citation for the Anton machine is

Millisecond-Scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations on Anton, D. E. Shaw et al., Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing (SC09), Portland, Oregon (2009).

 

Research on the Data Exacell

We ask that you use the following text:

This work used the Data Exacell, which is supported by National Science Foundation award number ACI-1261721, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).

Please include the following citation:

The Data Exacell. (n.d.) Retrieved [date] from http://psc.edu/dxc.

 

Allocation and Affiliation Information

PSC welcomes resource requests for allocations of supercomputing time from qualified scientists, engineers, and science educators, and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to participate fully in its research and research-related programs.

The policies documented here are evaluated regularly to assure adequate and responsible administration of PSC systems for users. As such, they are subject to change at any time.

Proprietary research

PSC contracts with U.S. and foreign institutions for the direct purchase of supercomputing time for proprietary research.  Users conducting proprietary research who are interested in using PSC systems can do so by establishing an affiliation through the center's Corporate Affiliates Program

Non-proprietary research

Funding from the NSF and the NIH enables PSC to provide allocations of free supercomputing time to researchers and educators affiliated with academic and non-profit research institutions in the United States. Projects must be nonproprietary and awardees are wholly responsible for conducting their research project activities and preparing results for publication.

To apply, you must be a researcher or educator at a US academic or non-profit research institution. A principal investigator (PI) may not be a high school, undergraduate or graduate student; a qualified advisor must serve in this capacity. Postdocs are eligible to serve as PI.

 

NSF Program

Researchers or educators affiliated with academic or non-profit research institutions in the United States may apply to use PSC resources through the NSF's XSEDE program.

Allocations are given in three categories:

  • Start-up allocations, which explore the use of high-performance computing in research
  • Research allocations, which support projects that have progressed beyond the startup phase and are performing production-level  investigations in pursuit of their research objectives.
  • Coursework allocations, which  supplement educational activities from workshops to semester courses that benefit from the use of high-performance computing

 Start-up and Research allocations are managed through the XSEDE program.   Resource requests are reviewed and allocations are awarded on regular intervals throughout the year.  You must request Start-up and Research allocations through the XSEDE portal. You will need an XSEDE portal account to request an allocation;  if you don't already have one, you can create one on the XSEDE portal site.  For specific deadlines and additional information, see the XSEDE web site.

See the Coursework section below for information on Coursework allocations.

 

Biomedical research

Research that is biomedical in nature is supported by the Biomedical Applications group at PSC.  Application materials can be found  on the PSC grant application site.

 

Coursework grants

A primary mission of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is to train students, including undergraduates, in high performance computing. To this end, PSC offers Coursework allocations which are grants of free supercomputing time to supplement other teaching tools.

Typically, Coursework allocations have been used in heavily quantitative subjects, such as numerical methods, computational fluid dynamics, and computational chemistry. But we encourage all fields, including the social sciences and humanities, to take advantage of Coursework allocations.

Requests for non-biomedical Coursework accounts should be made through XSEDE.  

Requests for biomedical Coursework accounts should be made through the PSC grant application site

 

Managing your Accounts

On this page, you will find information to help you manage your allocation of computing time. 

Responsibilities of Principal Investigators

In addition to following the policies laid out for all PSC users, PIs are responsible for adding all members of the research team to an account, and for renewing accounts when necessary.

Adding users to an account

Each member of your research team should be provided with their own individual account. Such accounts charge against the PI's research grant. The PI's billing statements will show the usage and charges incurred by each account under the grant, providing additional administrative control. With each research team member documented, papers published under the name of any member of the team will be readily attributable to the PI's research project and PSC allocation.

Additional user accounts must be authorized by the PI. To add a user, the PI must complete an online form.

If you are renewing an allocation, keep in mind that all active users are automatically reactivated when the allocation is renewed.

Applicable forms

  • Information and the form to add users to an NSF Cyberinfrastructure allocation is online from the XSEDE web site.

Renewing your allocation

All allocations except Coursework Allocations are for a one-year period and are renewable annually.   The duration of a Coursework Allocation is specified when the allocation is awarded.

Service Units unused at the allocation expiration or renewal date are forfeited.

All active users are reauthorized when an allocation is renewed.

PSC requests that a copy of any publications (preprints or reprints) resulting from reseach done on PSC systems be sent to the PSC Allocation Coordinator. All publications resulting from work done on a PSC allocation should include an acknowledgement.

Renewing an NSF Cyberinfrastructure Allocation

Visit the XSEDE web site to renew an NSF allocation.

Renewing a Coursework Allocation

To renew a Coursework Allocation, send email to the PSC Allocations Coordinator which includes the same information needed to apply for a new Coursework allocation. Be sure to justify any significant increase in the service units requested.

Responsibilities of all PSC Users

Usage Charges

Information about charging algorithms and tracking the charges on an allocation are given in the documentation for each PSC computing resource. See the PSC machine specific pages for details.

When appropriate, PSC provides refunds for jobs that failed due to circumstances beyond your control.

To request a refund, contact a PSC consultant or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the case of batch jobs, we require the standard error and output files produced by the job. These contain information needed in order to refund the job.

Users are responsible for knowing and following PSC policies on passwords and on computer abuse.

Acknowledgement in publications

All publications resulting from a PSC allocation should include an acknowledgement.

In addition, PSC requests that a copy of any publications, preprints, or reprints resulting from research done on PSC systems be sent to the Allocations Department.

Following PSC policies

All users are responsible for knowing and adhering to PSC policies, especially those on passwords and abuse of computing resources.

Users must also be aware of and follow other PSC policies, including allocations policies and those on security and file retention after a grant expires.

See the PSC policy page.

PSC Allocation Policies

General policy information is given here. If you have questions, please contact the PSC Allocations Coordinator.

  • Allocations are awarded for a one-year period and are renewable annually.
  • The PI must authorize all users that should be given access to the allocation. See the additional user policy.
  • Service units unused at the allocation expiration or renewal date are forfeited.
  • All currently active users are renewed when an allocation is renewed.
  • Copies of any preprints or reprints of publications from allocation-related work should be forwarded to the Allocations Coordinator.
  • Please verify that support from PSC and/or other supporting agencies is acknowledged as required under the terms of your allocation.