The Ohio Supercomputer Center provides cycles to both academic and industrial clients. The methods for gaining access to the systems are different for each user community.
Primarily, our users are Ohio-based and academic, and the vast majority of our cycles will continue to be consumed by Ohio-based academic users. Those cycles are allocated to academic PIs via an allocations process overseen by the Statewide Users Group, which evaluates applications via a peer review process. There are two basic classes of academic allocations:
- an allocation of a number of resource units (RUs) that never expire
- an annual allocation process that awards an RU allocation for the upcoming calendar year. The annual allocation process is designed for "discovery level" users, who consistently consume large amounts of resources, and allow the Allocations Committee to better allocate the limited Center resources.
Other users (non-Ohio academic or industrial/commercial) interested in using Center resources may purchase cycles at a rate set by the expected total consumption. Expert consulting support is also available.
You may find more information about the "RU" calculation and charging here.
|Allocation Approval||SUG||SUG||OSC Director|
|Call for Proposals||At any time||November||At any time|
For users interested in gaining access to larger resources, please contact OSC Help. We can assist you in applying for resources at an NSF or XSEDE site.
Once a project has been created, the PI can create accounts for users by adding them through the Project menu page of the client portal. More information can be found on the Project Menu documentation page.
I need to add authorized users to my project
Please review the Project Menu documentation page.
I need additional resources for my existing project
If you already have a project but are running low on allocated resources, you can click on the links above for your project type to request additional resources.
See our Project Application page for more information.
I received an email my allocation is exhausted
Per our general negative balance policy:
- at -2,000 RUs, negative balance QOS is implemented
- at -4,000 RUs, the project is restricted
You need to submit a renewal application. The renewal will remove your project from negative balance policy penalties. However, the negative balance will be taken from the future award.
I wish to use OSC to support teaching a class
I don't think I fit in the above categories
Please contact us.