Requirements Survey for new Project Requests

To be completed by LBNL Principle Investigator and returned to LRC@lbl.gov


Question 1: LBNL PI Contact Information

a)     Name:

b)    Group:

c)     Division or Department:

d)    LBL Employee ID:

e)     E-mail & Phone:

f)     Does PI need an account: (Yes/No):

g)     If Yes, PI already has a Pledge to access HPCS clusters ? (Yes/No) :

 

Question 2: Project Main contact Information (If not PI)

(this is the person with whom SCS group members can communicate about running jobs, applications, data storage etc..If PI is not directly involved)

a)     Name:

b)    Group:

c)     Division or Department:

d)    LBL Employee ID:

e)     E-mail & Phone:

f)     Already has a Pledge to access HPCS clusters ? (Yes/No):

 

Question 3: Account ID for charging

(At this time, there is a charge of $0.01 per Service Unit (SU) for compute cycles and a nominal charge of $25/mo/user to cover the costs of home directory storage and backups.)  Preliminary bills showing the amount that will be recharged will be emailed to the PI on the 15th of every month.

Please provide Project ID to charge :

 

Question 4: Additional users in the Project

a)   Name:

b)    Group:

c)     Division or Department:

d)    LBL Employee ID:

e)     E-mail & Phone:

g)     Already has a Pledge to access HPCS clusters ? (Yes/No):

 

a)   Name:

b)    Group:

c)     Division or Department:

d)    LBL Employee ID:

e)     E-mail & Phone:

f)     Already has a Pledge to access HPCS clusters ? (Yes/No):

 

(Add more if required)

 

 

 

 

 

Question 5: Your Research

Briefly describe your research (a few sentences are sufficient), focusing on the following aspects:

a)     Scientific scope and intent of research needing computation

b)    Computational aspects of the science

c)     Existing computing resources currently being used on this project

d)    Name of your project ( We will use this to set your allocation on the cluster, so please do provide a one word project name) :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question 6: Hardware

a)     How important are the following aspects of the cluster hardware architecture to your application?  Rank in order of importance, from 1 being the most important aspect to 6 being the least important.

____ Number of Processors

____ Memory size and bandwidth

____ Interconnect bandwidth and latency

____ Network bandwidth to internet

____ I/O bandwidth

____ Other (please describe)

b)    Which interconnect best fits your application?

____ High speed, low latency interconnect for tightly coupled parallel applications

____ Gigabit interconnect for sequential or loosely coupled applications

____ Combination of both

____ Don't know

 

 

Question 7: Software

a)     What is the source of the software you use (or would use)?

____ written by your group

____ freely available application or software written by other researchers (indicate name and source of application/software)

____ commercial application or software (indicate name)

     ____ a mixture of the above (indicate name and source of application/software)

____ other (please describe)

b)    How soon would you be ready to use a Linux cluster?

____ Ready now

____ Ready in short term (a month or less)

____ Ready in mid-term (up to six months)

____ Ready in long term (up to a year)

____ Don't know

c)     Briefly answer the following questions regarding the execution of your application:

How many processors does your application use?  (min, max, typical runs)

How long does the application run given the answer to the previous question?

How much memory per processor is required for these runs?

 

 

 

 

Question 8: Services

a)     How important to you are the following related services?  Please use the following scale to rate the importance of these services:

1: Very unimportant

2: Unimportant

3: Not very important

4: Somewhat important

5: Important

6: Very important

 

____ User Help Desk (e.g. answer questions relating to access/basic use)

____ User programming assistance (e.g. help with porting, compiling)

____ Applications performance tuning assistance

 

Question 9: Interest

a)     Which of the following best describes your need for this system:

____ Meet intermittent or small need for compute cycles

____ Provides a resource since my group/area cannot purchase its own

____ Provides additional compute cycles beyond what is provided on my own cluster

____ Provides ability to run larger-scale jobs than those I can run on my own cluster

____ Provides a platform on which to benchmark applications in preparation for running on large systems or applying for grants and supercomputing center allocations

____ Provides additional compute cycles

____ Other (please describe)

 

b)    If possible, quantify how much computing (in some way such as CPU-hours) your science would need from this potential offering over the course of a year?

 

 

Question 10: Final Question

Are your answers to this survey pertinent to only to you or to a group of researchers? If these answers are for a group, how many users does this represent? (Please provide a list of anticipated users)