Allocations and Accounts

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, and 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. (You may find more information about "RU" calculation and charging here.)

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.

  Ohio Academic Other
  Rolling Annual Rolling
Duration Unlimited 1 year Unlimited
Allocation Approval SUG SUG OSC Director
Call for Proposals At any time November At any time
  Apply [By invitation] Apply

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 via the ARMSTRONG portal, or add existing users to that project

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.

I wish to use OSC to support teaching a class

We provide special classroom allocations for this purpose. You may apply here.

I don't think I fit in the above categories

Please contact us.