The workshop is from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in Room 222 of the Classroom Building. Dave Hart is the user services manager at NCAR, and Irfan Elahi is head of the organisation's supercomputer services group.
Approximately 75 million core hours per year will be reserved for UW researchers and their collaborators at the facility. Research time and use - focused on computationally or data intensive earth system science - will be allocated by the Wyoming-NCAR Resource Advisory Panel (WRAP).
"With these requests, UW faculty will be asking for computer time, short-term storage, data analysis and visualization, and long-term storage", stated Bryan Shader, a UW professor of mathematics and special assistant to the vice president of research and economic development. "The currency of the realm is a core hour; one core hour represents the usage of one processor for one hour. For each of the other resources, there is a core-hour equivalent conversion factor."
UW faculty will have an opportunity to submit their allocation requests for a pre-review March 6. Faculty will then have until March 26 to incorporate suggestions from the pre-review to strengthen their final allocation request, he said.
"For many faculty, this will be the first time for an allocation request of this size", Bryan Shader stated. "It's in their best interest to put together the best proposal for a pre-review. We want UW allocation requests to be top quality."
Because the overall time allocation of the supercomputing centre for UW is finite, Bryan Shader said the WRAP evaluates allocation requests on computational experimental design, computational effectiveness, efficiency of resource use, progress from prior allocations, and broader impacts.
"This is a $30 million machine with a useable life-span of three to four years. You want to run it at the highest capacity you can", he stated. "Every time you run it without much thought, you're wasting money. Researchers must carefully plan how to most wisely and effectively use the resource."
Additional information about the allocation process can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/nwsc