Application of projects and accounts

# Application for 2nd General Use project of FY2020 of shared use computer (HOKUSAI BigWaterfall) has ended at 5 p.m. August. 26th. From FY2021, there will be no application for General Use project.

1. Introduction

RIKEN is Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution renowned for high-quality research in a diverse range of scientific disciplines. The purpose of the supercomputer system is to contribute to scientific and technological research consistent with RIKEN’s mission.

RIKEN do not charge fees for using the RIKEN Supercomputer System. This is because we want to provide computation environment as free and comfortable as possible to RIKEN researchers and help them obtain better research results. However, more than 800 million yen are being spent to keep this environment in a year. To distribute computing resources between users means research fee necessary to conduct researches is distributed between computer users. So, RIKEN’s regulations are to review research proposals beforehand for fair allocation of computational resources.

For the review, proposers estimate the computation time they will need, and their proposals are reviewed whether they are valuable worth the computation time (cost). Small proposals that use less than 1% are reviewed by the Information Systems Division at any time upon submission. Proposals that use 1% or more of the either computing resource (General use category) meets two times a year, which are reviewed by the Special Committee of Research Environment (scored by the Project Review WG). Committee and WG members are selected from extensive research fields that RIKEN is actively involved in. It is requested that you write the description of your research to be understood by the reviewers.

We appreciate if you could understand this policy, estimate necessary computation time and cooperate with us for the fair review of proposals. You are strongly requested to read the Supercomputer System Usage Policy before you make applications.

2. Responsibility

Usage report and the handling of research results are stipulated in the the article 15 of Supercomputer System Usage Policy. Using the system violating the Policy may result in the cancellation of your account or will affect future proposals from you.

3. Usage Categories

We set up two types of user categories.

  1. General Use project (Reviewed in March and September basically)
  2. Quick Use project (Reviewed year-round except for the end of each fiscal year)

Applicants of General Use projects have to estimate necessary computing time in the usage of Trial or Quick Use before applications.
General Use project is a category for project which needs more than 1% of the CPU resources of BW-MPC. Quick Use projects are permitted to use 1% of each computing resource. In addition, in order to promote the use of the first half of the fiscal year, we will adjust as if half of the allocated core hour was consumed at the beginning of the second half.

Total computing resources for 12 months and the upper limit of each application

 BW-MPC  294,336 kilo core hours
Each application should be within 10% in Applications for 1st General Use project review of FY2020

Please refer System Overview (PDF) to know the detailed spec information about computing resources. HOKUSAI GreatWave was closed at the end of March 2020. Therefore, the operation of GW-MPC, ACSG and Online Storage (OFS) was terminated at that time. However, ACSL and Hierarchical Storage (HSM) continues to operate as part of BigWaterfall.

A usage fee will be introduced around October 2020 for the use of the shared use computer. The use of the new RIKEN Data Science Infrastructure will be charged in principle, but will not be screened. How to use HOKUSAI BigWaterfall in FY2020 is basically the same as before, but after the introduction of the usage fee, the usage fee will be set in part such as priority job execution and use of storage in the /data area. Specific usage methods and usage fees will be announced by the end of this fiscal year, and a user meeting will be held.

1% computing time of ACSL will be assigned to all projects Q20*** and G20***, and all projects can request additional computing time as mentioned in this page.

Other detailed information about eligibility, use category, and other important issues are described in the Usage Policy and Operation Procedure.

4. Application Method

Project representatives have to make all of members of project understand the usage policy, and submit necessary forms as your requirements. Please do not request to make new accounts for those who will not execute jobs actually.

# The latest version of forms are need to be accepted. Applicants have to use Online Submission System.

Request of Quick Use project ( including request of new accounts)
  •  Form1 (Update: Aug. 6, 2019)
    • Form1 have to be submitted as one single file with multi sheets.
Request of FY2020 new General Use project

# Application period for 2nd General Use project review of FY2020 is from 3:00 PM Aug. 5 to 5:00 PM Aug. 26.

  •  Form2a  (Update: Aug. 6, 2019)

    • Form2a have to be submitted as one single file with multi sheets.
  • Form2b (Update: Aug. 5, 2020)
    • Form2b will be reviewed as it is by the project review working group.
Adding new or existing accounts to a project or changing information of existing accounts
  •  Form3 (Update: Aug. 6, 2019)
    • Form3 have to be submitted as one single file with single or multi sheets.

How to submit

Applicants have to use Online Submission System ( to make new projects or change group/user information as mentioned below. Please understand kindly and cooperate to make screening process more efficient.

  • Proposal of Quick Use project: Form1
  • Proposal of General Use project: Form2a and Form2b
  • Adding new or existing accounts to a project: Form3
  • Changing information of existing accounts: Form3

It is the most important point that

e-mail address ***

is needed in the first step of submission in which upload URLs is sent to applicants or replacements.

Applicants who don’t have *** must ask someone in laboratory of RIKEN to get an upload URL and transfer it to applicants. Then anyone can upload applications by accessing the upload URL from anywhere even if it is outside RIKEN.

Please transfer this announcement to assistant or others who are in charge of clerical work of your laboratory and let them know new methods of submission.

[ Guidance of Online Submission System]

Please refer this figure and guidance.

flow of submmitng

HELP: Making new projects(inside RIKEN only)

HELP: Change account information or adding members(inside RIKEN only)