CHAP: May 2014 Meeting

The CISL HPC Advisory Panel (CHAP) met May 8, 2014, at the NCAR Mesa Lab to review and recommend allocations for computational requests from university researchers with NSF awards in the atmospheric or closely related sciences. The CHAP's focus continues to be on the computational experiments being proposed and their efficiency.

There were 28 requests from university researchers requesting large allocations; 27 requests received allocations. Requests totaled 69 million core-hours on Yellowstone, with requests ranging from a high of 10.2 million core-hours to a low of 220,000 core-hours. The median request size was 1.9 million core-hours.

The CHAP allocated approximately 57.5 million Yellowstone core-hours, with a median allocation of 1.9 million core-hours. Now that Yellowstone is generally available, university users should request small allocations to conduct benchmark runs to provide more accurate calculations of their resource needs.

The CHAP encourages all future university projects to consider the dramatic increase in available computing resources made possible with Yellowstone when preparing future allocation requests, but also to give due consideration to large-scale storage needs and plans.

The distribution of the May 2014 allocations is shown in the chart below.


CISL Presentations to CHAP

CISL HPC and allocations update (David Hart, CISL/OSD)


CHAP Advisory Letter

May 2014 (PDF)

CHAP Agenda

Thursday, May 8, 2014
NCAR Mesa Lab
1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, CO

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and introductions (Bert Semtner, Chair)
8:45 a.m. CISL HPC and allocations update (Dave Hart, CISL)
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Strategy for reviews/COIs (Bert SemtnerChair)
10:15 a.m. Any further discussion of major-COI CSL request
10:45 a.m. review of CSL request with no major COIs
11:15a.m. Begin review of regular CHAP requests
12:00 p.m. Lunch, NCAR Cafeteria
1:00 p.m. Set date for next pane meeting, continue review of panel requests
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner