Project applications and Resource Allocations on Berzelius

Access to the compute and storage resources on Berzelius is provided via a project application process, where approved projects get a share of the total resources. The size of this share is based on the merits of the application, as assessed by an allocation committee. Project applications are made in SUPR in an application round called "LiU Berzelius", available via the menu drill down "Rounds" --> "AI/ML" --> "LiU Berzelius".

The project application and review process is described in a resource allocation guide document available in Swedish and English version. The guide aims to provide a step by step instruction on how to apply for a project on Berzelius, as well as a guide to the policy which govern the project review and resource allocation process carried out by the allocation committee.

When applying for a project on Berzelius some things are especially worth mentioning making the review process simpler for our reviewers

  • Apply for your estimated time average compute need for the project duration in terms of GPU-hours/month (actually per 30-days running), where continuous use of one GPU equals 720 GPU-h/month. This is also the default allocation. Scale this figure to match your need. Other compute resources such as CPU and memory are matched automatically to this request.
    • This request is made under the "Resources" heading of your main application page, clicking a link "Berzelius Compute". Only do this if you request more than the default compute time or storage space.
    • If applying for more than the standard compute allocation, a motivation containing a break-down of how you have arrived at your request is required. This break-down should be provided in the "Resource Usage" field in the "Basic Information" section on the main application page.
    • If applying for more than the standard storage allocation, a motivation containing a break-down of how you have arrived at your request is required. This should be provided in the "Abridged Data Management Plan" field in the "Basic Information" section on the main application page.
  • Specify how many users are expected to work on your project.

Other things of note in the project application context

  • Your granted allocation is not a hard limit to what you may run in your project. In fact there is no formal limit in place. Only in cases where Berzelius is fully subscribed by jobs contending for resources (forming a queue) will any overdraft on your compute time "account" come into effect, in practise only delaying the start of your job in favour of jobs from projects with less overdraft (relative to their allocation). This is called fair-share scheduling, see Fair-share scheduling for reference.
  • Applications are evaluated monthly as they come in except in July (vacation season). There is no specific deadline for applying.

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