Applying for COSIMA Working Group Resources


ACCESS-NRI allocates compute and storage resources to the Working Groups to use to support their activities.

Currently those resources consist of computational resources (KSUs) and storage (/g/data allocations) on NCI HPC systems. These are allocated through the ol01 project, so you must join it to be able to access them.

The process for allocating resources amongst working groups is given by the ACCESS-NRI Merit Allocation Guidelines:

Proposal for distributing resources

The COSIMA Working Group needs a process to allocate these resources amongst the COSIMA Working Group community that prioritises the needs of the community, is fair and not onerous. The following is what is currently used by other working groups.


Create a topic with a brief outline of the proposed experiment (see example). Other members of the community who want to collaborate, or use the results of the experiment, or otherwise think it worth prioritising should reply indicating their support. The topic is where discussions should occur around how the experiment is configured, how it might be shared etc.

Requirements for anyone who is allocated working group resources for an experiment:

  1. Engage in good-faith collaboration to align with community requirements, e.g. save output diagnostics required by others
  2. Report back to the community: update their experiment topic with results including sufficient meta-data to enable others in the community to use their results, and communicate this at the next appropriate WG meeting
  3. Make data from experiments available to other members of the community (this could be facilitated by ACCESS-NRI if shared storage is not available)

More detail is available in the ACCESS-NRI Merit Allocation Guidelines


If you want to use some of the COSIMA Working Group allocation join ol01 and create a topic outlining your experiment. Share your proposal widely in the COSIMA Working Group community, engage with questions and convince your fellow group members of the merits of your experiment and urge them to reply to the topic indicating their support.

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