​​​INL High Performance Computing Access and Usage Policy

Idaho National Laboratory manages High Performance Computing (HPC) resources to support the laboratory mission.  This document defines INL's policies for HPC system access.

The DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) is a primary sponsor for INL's HPC resources through the Nuclear Science User Facility (NSUF) Program. Therefore, the priority for these systems is nuclear energy research, development, and demonstration.  This includes activities that support DOE-NE's R&D programs, organizations performing work associated with DOE through grants and awards, and openly published research of benefit to the nuclear energy community. Additionally, access to INL HPC computing resources are available to users that support INL's non-nuclear energy research activities as well as education and workforce development.  All access requires an appropriate justification.

The INL HPC resources are managed and operated by the Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) Division, which was established in September 2018 to focus on providing tools, systems, and user support in the areas of computational frameworks, HPC, visualization, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.

Requirements for Access

  • HPC access requests must be approved through an internal INL review to ensure appropriate use. The justification must show connections to DOE-NE or INL's mission through one or more of the justifications described below.
  • All users of HPC are required to follow INL policies including cybersecurity, export control, and foreign visit requirements as executed through existing INL processes. Foreign nationals will require an INL employee (US Citizen) to sponsor their access.
  • The access period granted will be for the length of the proposed project or for one year, whichever is shortest, and may be renewed subject to this access policy. Users are required to provide a summary of work performed, a list of publications, and/or a summary of their results to the INL HPC Department Manager at the end of their access period to help INL communicate how HPC resources are being utilized.
  • Access is for institutions located in the United States. Access by users at non-US based institutions will be at the discretion of the ASC Director.
  • The ASC Director is responsible for final determinations on access to INL HPC resources.

Access Justifica​tion and Priorities

Users requesting access shall provide adequate information such that a clear determination can be made on appropriateness of the intended use. Access requests are made through an online account request form and must be renewed annually. The access request must clearly satisfy one of the following use justifications.

Justifications for high-priority use of the DOE-NE sponsored computer systems:

  1. Work funded by the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy.
  2. US-based industry, DOE national laboratory, US-based university, or other federal agency user requesting access associated with nuclear energy related DOE/federal programs or a DOE/federal award.
  3. US-based Industry or US-based university user requesting access for nuclear energy related research that generates openly published results for the benefit to DOE and INL missions.

Justifications for standard-priority use of the systems:

  1. INL staff requesting access for non-nuclear research and development
  2. US-based University user requesting access for INL collaborative research supporting education or workforce development with an INL connection such as the INL National University Consortium, the Idaho education ecosystem or other strategic relationship.
  3. Director discretionary access for activities such as: response to DOE-NE direction, code testing and calibration, or system/software support

All other access not covered by one of these access justifications will be at the discretion of the ASC Director.

​Data Managem​ent​

The HPC data management plan is as follows:
  • The HPC department provides data storage systems, including disaster recovery and backup, that ensure the integrity and availability of modeling and simulation working data sets.  
  • The HPC department does not generate or own user data. Individual users are responsible for the collection, management, and sharing of their research data.
  • ​The data owner is responsible for publication of their results through OSTI or other approved methods.