Instructions for Becoming a High-End Computing (HEC) Principal Investigator (PI):
The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is accepting proposal submissions through the NASA High-End Computing (HEC) eBooks for allocation awards to access computing resources at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division at the Ames Research Center and at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) at the Goddard Space Flight Center including access to the NCCS (discover) Cluster.
See the HEC Web-site for information about the systems currently available and an overview of the process. The deadlines for submission through the NASA HEC eBooks are August 20, for allocation awards beginning October 1, and February 20, for allocation awards beginning April 1. The person who submits the proposal usually becomes the Principal Investigator (PI) for the proposal and the allocation award.
Reporting Requirements for HEC PIs:
Several brief reports are required from the PI over the course of the allocation year. Report formats and instructions are available through the NASA HEC eBooks where you can log in using the same username and password that you used to submit your proposal.
An Entry Quad chart, which gives general information about your research effort. Submitted material will be placed on a publicly accessible Web-site.
An Annual Report, which highlights research completed using your allocation. Submitted material will be placed on a publicly accessible Web-site.
Once you are awarded an allocation on NCCS computing resources, you should request your NCCS userid. You, as the PI, will also be responsible for authorizing the NCCS userids for all other users who should be given access to the awarded allocation on NCCS computing resources. In order to obtain access to NCCS computing resources, it is necessary for each user to have a NASA Identity. If you do not have a NASA Identity, one should be established for you either by your Goddard Space Flight Center Directorate, Division, Office or Branch, or by the NASA Center with which you are affiliated. If you are an off-site PI or user, not currently affiliated with either the Goddard Space Flight Center or another NASA Center, the NCCS will establish your NASA Identity.
If you are a foreign national, for whom the NCCS is establishing a NASA Identity, you must be prepared to come to the Goddard Space Flight Center or to another NASA Center in order to be photographed and fingerprinted as part of the background check required by NASA security procedures for your NASA Identity. A foreign national is defined as anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, who is not a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) or who is not a U.S. Protected Individual.
Requests made of the NCCS concerning userid access to NCCS computing resources should be directed to the NCCS User Services Group. All requests should be made using the NCCS User Administration Request Form (the paper form) (Use of the NCCS User Administration On-line: New Userid Request Web-Interface (the Web form) is not currently available, as this interface is currently "Under Construction.")
If you are completing the NCCS User Administration Request Form for yourself, references in the form and the instructions to "you," "your" and "the user" refer to you as the person requesting access to NCCS computing resources. If you are completing the NCCS User Administration Request Form for someone else, references in the form and the instructions to "you," "your" and "the user" refer to the person for whom the request for access to NCCS computing resources is being made. Because of the need to have the signatures from the NCCS User Administration Request Form on file, the form must be printed in order to be completed. Please print or type all information. Unless labelled as optional, all items are required. No request can be processed unless all required information is provided. Incomplete forms will be returned to the user for completion. You are encouraged to scan and e-mail your completed NCCS User Administration Request Form (and any additional required documentation) to the NCCS as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The completed NCCS User Administration Request Form (and any additional required documentation) may also be returned by facsimile (fax) to: 301-286-1634
You may, however, also return your completed NCCS User Administration Request Form (and any additional required documentation) to the following address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center NASA Center for Climate Simulation User Services Group Mailstop 606.2 Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA
Requests made of the NCCS User Services Group are processed as quickly as possible; however, because requests are processed on a first-in, first-out basis, requests may take ten or more working days to be completed. Requests for foreign nationals, legal permanent residents or naturalized U.S. citizens and requests for users without a NASA Identity may take longer, as they must first be processed by NASA Security. Users and PIs will be notified when their requests have been completed. Questions, problems, comments, and suggestions concerning the NCCS may be directed to the NCCS User Services Group at the address or the fax number above, or by telephone or voice-mail to: 301-286-9120 or by e-mail to: email@example.com