Welcome to PLGrid Infrastructure!
Below you will find the most important information needed to start using PLGrid Infrastructure.
PLGrid is a nationwide IT infrastructure dedicated to scientists. We provide services and resources from a federation of top 5 Polish supercomputer centers. PLGrid offer includes: 3,5 PetaFlops of computing resources and more than 20 PetaBytes of storage.
To get access to PLGrid resources you have to be affiliated with a Polish scientific institution or cooperate with a Polish scientist.
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Only a few simple steps are needed to create an account, which allows you to get access to all PLGrid services (via web platform - Portal PLGrid).
Go to https://portal.plgrid.pl/ to create your account. Fill in the registration form with all required information. Your login must start with "plg".
You are allowed to have only one account!
Affiliation with a Polish scientific institution is a mandatory requirement to get access to PLGrid resources.
You have to either be an employee of a Polish scientific institution or cooperate with one within a Polish scientific institution. If you are an employee provide your affiliation information. Otherwise provide your Supervisor's affiliation information. They will have to confirm the collaboration with you before you can get access.
After your affiliation is confirmed you will gain access to resources such as: computing or storage resources, cloud platform, software for scientists, project management tools, e-learning tools and Helpdesk platform - all of it in one account!
Resource grant is an agreement between a user and the PLGrid Infrastructure. Such agreement contains specification of resources allocated. Upon affiliation confirmation you can easily receive a trial grant. It consists of 1000 normalized CPU hours and 10 GB of storage for one year per supercomputer center. If you need more resources you can apply for a proper grant.
PLGrid Infrastructure provides a variety of tools and services for your computational and storage needs. You can find them in our repository of services via Service Catalogue (in Polish: Katalog Aplikacji i Usług).
For some Users this is the last step.
If you need more resources than offered in trial grant follow the next three steps.
A workgroup allows a user or a group of users to negotiate resources with PLGrid supercomputer centers. Cooperating users can share resources within a workgroup.
Certificate confirms user's identity within PLGrid Infrastructure. It allows to access some of PLGrid services without requiring user's login and password. Some applications or tools require a certificate.
Proper grant is dedicated to users who need more resources than provided by a trial grant.
In order to receive a proper grant user must create a workgroup (or be added to a workgroup with a leader role). Workgroup may consist of one user only, it may also consist of more collaborating users. Users who belong to the workgroup share its grants.
Only a workgroup leader is allowed to negotiate the resources. The leader is also responsible for reporting grant results in form of reports and publications resulting from the grant (which have to contain PLGrid acknowledgements).
Grants explained in four steps:
1. Go to "GRANTY" in Portal menu, fill out the form and specify your requirements. You will be required to declare expected grant results, such as publications or posters.
2. Your request might need a scientific review. Our experts analyze your previous grant's reports and the description of your current request.
3. Operations staff allocates resources to the grant.
4. Workgroup leader reports progress and results of grant usage.
Decide what of PLGrid's offer will be useful to you. The Infrastructure offers a variety of tools for Linux and Windows users. You can perform computations, store your scientific data or use virtual machines. You may also gain access to domain-specific services from a wide range of science fields.
Our users get documentation and manuals at their disposal. In case of difficulties we will help you with your problem via our Helpdesk platform.
For less experienced users wanting to perform computations we recommend middleware with its supporting graphical tools (QCG or UNICORE). If you are more advanced, you can access clusters directly via SSH protocol.
If your research in grant leads to publications, remember to add acknowledgements:
"This research was supported in part by PLGrid Infrastructure".
(For now only in Polish)