What types of XSEDE allocations are available?

An allocation on the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a grant that provides approved research projects with 12 months of access to the XSEDE cyberinfrastructure. Allocations may include computing and visualization time, data storage space, and extended collaborative support services at one or more XSEDE service provider sites. Allocations are awarded to researchers who serve as principal investigators (PIs) of approved projects. After receiving an allocation, each project's PI can create XSEDE accounts for other researchers on the project team, giving them access to the project's allocated digital services.

A PI may apply for one of the following allocation types:

  • Startup: Startup allocations are intended primarily for researchers who are new to the XSEDE environment, enabling them to quickly gain access to XSEDE digital services. Startup allocations are well suited for researchers who need to develop their codes, test their applications, or experiment with XSEDE systems. Startup allocations provide each project with a maximum of 200,000 service units to be used within a 12-month time limit.

    Faculty members and postdoctoral researchers at US academic research institutions, as well as K-12 teachers, are welcome to submit requests for Startup allocations anytime during the year. Time may be requested on a single computational system or on a combination of systems. If needed, consulting and support from Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) staff also may be requested (formal justification is required for ECSS support requests).

    For more, see the Startup Allocations page in the XSEDE User Portal.

  • Education: Education allocations are specifically designed for academic instruction or training activities, and are intended for faculty who want to incorporate XSEDE digital services into to their courses about the use of advanced cyberinfrastructure technologies. Education allocations provide each project with a maximum of 200,000 service units to be used within a 12-month time limit.

    Faculty at US academic institutions are welcome to submit requests for Education allocations anytime during the year. Time may be requested on a single computational system or on a combination of systems. If needed, consulting and support from Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) staff also may be requested (formal justification is required for ECSS support requests).

    For more, see the Education Allocations page in the XSEDE User Portal.

  • Research: Research allocations are reserved for projects with requirements that Startup allocations cannot accommodate. With Research allocations, approved projects can make extensive use of XSEDE's high-performance and high-throughput compute systems, scientific visualization systems, and data storage systems, and receive expert consulting and support from Extended Collaborative Support Service (ECSS) staff.

    Faculty members and researchers (including postdoctoral researchers) at US-based institutions are welcome to submit requests for Research allocations. Requests are reviewed four times a year by the XSEDE Resource Allocations Committee (XRAC). Research allocation requests must include detailed documents that describe the work PIs plan to accomplish and justify the need for the requested resources. Additional justification is required for ECSS support requests.

    For requirements and other details, see the Research Allocations page in the XSEDE User Portal.

For information about submitting allocation requests, see the following sections of the Allocations Policies page in the XSEDE User Portal:

This document was developed with support from National Science Foundation (NSF) grants 1053575 and 1548562. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.

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