Requests for Additional SUs or Storage

What if my group is running out of SUs or storage before the end of the year?

As in 2016, a group is granted 70,000 SUs by default. Supplemental allocations can be made anytime during the year. If you are approaching your allocation limit (70,000 default or 280,000) then you can request more and your request will be reviewed by MSI staff on a rolling basis. Requests for more than 280,000 will require the following information: 

  1. Specific number of SUs over 280,000 requested 
  2. Brief summary of work completed so far during the current period.
  3. Brief summary of work to be carried out if the additional SUs are granted.
  4. Briefly explain how you determined the number of SUs to request.
  5. Additional information, such as publications and funded research benefiting from access to this level of SUs.

Requests for more than 200GB of storage will require the following information:

  1. Specific amount of storage requested 
  2. Brief summary of work completed so far during the current period.
  3. Brief summary of work to be carried out if the additional storage is granted.
  4. Briefly explain how you determined the amount of storage to request.
  5. (Optional) Additional information, such as publications and funded research benefiting from access to this level of SUs

Please send the request with all the necessary information (including your MSI ID) to help@msi.umn.edu, and we will take care of the request as soon as possible.

Who reviews SU and storage allocation requests? 

Requests for fewer than 280,000 SUs are reviewed by MSI staff. Requests for more than 280,000 SUs are reviewed by the HPC Allocation Committee. Requests more than the default group storage allocation of 150 GB are reviewed by MSI staff. All peer review is conducted on the basis of the following criteria:

  • The quality of the proposed research and the importance of the proposed work in its own field 
  • The research project's need for Supercomputing Institute resources and the Principal Investigator's past usage of resources 
  • The Principal Investigator's ability as judged by past accomplishments, external funding, or other evidence of successful peer review or future potential
  • The Principal Investigator's contributions to the MSI Research Reports Series 
  • The relevance of the work to the University's missions of education, research, and technology transfer