Application of projects and accounts

# Applications for new HOKUSAI BigWaterfall projects for FY2021 will be accepted starting April 1 at 1 p.m.
# From FY2021, there will be no project review and only one type of project.

1. Usage Categories

The supercomputer HOKUSAI BigWaterfall(BW) has one use category for the project. Please refer System Overview (PDF) to know the detailed spec information about computing resources. Please note that Hierarchical Storage (HSM) is no longer accepting applications for new users or capacity increases for existing users.
Each project will be allocated 1% of the total core hours of the system for the year. If you wish to use more than that, you can apply for additional computing resources, and up to 5% of the computing resources will be allocated. However, a estimation of computing resources is required before applying for additional calculation time.

Total computing resources for one year

BW-MPC 294,336 kilo core hours

The allocated computing resources may not all be available due to system congestion. Job execution is controlled by the fairshare function, and jobs with priority execution will have priority over regular jobs. In addition, the first half of the fiscal year is relatively free, but the second half is often crowded, so please use the system in a planned manner.

1% computing time of ACSL will be assigned to all projects, 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.

2. 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.


To remove a member from the project and change the project representative, please contact by email.
If you would like to include a subcontractor as an project member, please contact by email so that we can guide you through the process.

# For the time being, “Application for new project” form uses for quick use project, and “Application for add or change account” forms uses for the previous form.

New project (including request of new accounts)
Additional computing resources for an existing project
Adding new or existing accounts to a project or changing information of existing accounts

3. How to submit: Online Submission System

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. (There are still places where the notation is currently outdated.)

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.

However, due to security reasons, access to the online submission system is currently limited to within RIKEN (including via VPN). If you do not have access it, please ask your host laboratory or someone else who does have access to the system to submit your application.

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)

Note: About Project Creation

New project application
After confirming the eligibility of each account, the Information Systems Division will check the project details and the director of the Information Systems Division will approve the application. If there are no problems with the application form, the project will be created in about three days.
Applying for additional computing resources to the project
The Information Systems Division confirms the content of the additional application, and the director of the Information Systems Division approves its use. If there are no problems with the application form, the computing resources will be added in about three days.

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