BwForCluster User Access
The usage of bwForCluster is free of charge. bwForClusters are customized to the requirements of particular research areas. Each bwForCluster is/will be financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation) and by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg based on scientifc grant proposal (compare proposals guidelines as per Art. 91b GG).
Granting user access to a bwForCluster requires 3 steps:
- Registration of a new or joining an already existing rechenvorhaben (RV) at "Zentrale Antragsseite (ZAS)". An RV defines the planned compute activities of a group of researchers. As coworker of this group you only need to register your membership in the corresponding RV.
- Application for a bwForCluster entitlement issued by your university.
- Personal registration at assigned cluster site based on approved RV and issued bwForCluster entitlement .
Step 1 and 2 are pre-steps and requirements of step 3. Moreover, steps 1 and 2 can be done in parallel. The question, at which bwForCluster site to do step 3, will be answered by the cluster assignment team (CAT) based on the data of step 1, i.e. at ZAS.
1 RV registration at ZAS
The rechenvorhaben (RV) registration at ZAS does not correspond to typical compute project proposals as for other HPC clusters, since:
- there is no scientific reviewing process
- the registration inquires only brief details and
- it covers a group of coworkers, and
- only the RV responsible must submit the RV.
1.1 How to register?
1.1.1 Register a new RV
Typically only the leader of a scientific work group or the senior scientist of a research group/collaboration needs to login at
and to fill in all mandatory fields of the given web form. Please note that for your convenience you can also switch to the german version of the web form. The submitter of the rechenvorhaben (RV) will be assigned the role RV responsible.
The web form consists of the following fields to be filled:
|RV Title||Define a short title of your planned compute activities, maximum of 255 characters including spaces.|
|RV Description||Write a short abstract about your planned compute activities (maximum of 2048 characters including spaces). Research groups that contributed to the DFG grant proposal (Art. 91b GG) of the corresponding bwForCluster only need to give reference to that particular proposal.|
|Scientific field||Tick one or several scientific fields. Once all bwForClusters are up and running the full list of given scientific fields are supported and hence for rechenvorhaben (RV) applicable. If your RV does not match any given scientific field, please state your scientific field in the given text box. Grayed out scientific fields indicate that the corresponding bwForCluster(s) is/are not operational yet.|
|Field of activity||Define if your RV is primarily for research and/or teaching. If not applicable, use text box.|
|Parallel paradigm||State what parallel paradigm your code or application uses. Multiple ticks are allowed. Further information can be provided via text box. If you are not sure about it, please state the software you are using.|
|Programming language||State the programming language(s) of your code or application.|
|Numerical methods||State the numerical or "calculation" methods your code or application utilises. If you do not know, write "unknown".|
|Software packages||State all software package you will or want to use for your RV. Also include compiler, MPI and numerical packages (e.g. MKL, FFTW).|
|Estimated requested computing resources|| Roughly estimate how many CPU hours are required to finish your RV. To calculate "CPU hours" multiply "elapsed parallel computing time" with "number of CPU core" per job.
Example: Your code uses 4 CPU cores and has a wall time of 1h. This makes 4 CPU hours.
|Planned maximum number of parallel used CPU cores per job|| Give an upper limit of how many CPU cores per job are required. Please cross-check with your statement about parallel paradigm.
Obviously, a sequential code can only use 1 CPU core per job.
|Estimated maximal memory requirements per CPU core||Give an upper limit of how much RAM per CPU core your jobs require. Please give a value in GigaBytes.|
|Estimated requested persistent disk space for the RV|| State how much disk space in total you need for your RV. Please give a value in GigaBytes.
Example: If your RV has 4 more coworker and each of you produces until the end of your RV 20 GigaByte of output, your maximum disk space is 100 GigaByte.
|Estimated maximal temporary disk space per job|| State how much space your intermediate files require during a job run. Please give a value in GigaBytes.
Example: Your final output of your job is 0.1 GigaByte, but during your job 10 temporary files, each with a size of 1 GigaByte, are written to disk, hence your correct answer is 10 GigaByte.
|Institute||State the full name of your Institute.|
Note that the fields - name, firstname, organization, mail, und EPPN - are auto-filled and can not be changed. These are your credentials as given by your home organization.
- After submitting you will get an email from ZAS confirming your submission. With this email you are given an unique
Please keep the password enclosed. Only with both, acronym and password, coworkers can be added to your rechenvorhaben.
- The cluster assignment team will be notified immediately about your submission.
- The cluster assignment team decides based on your submitted data which bwForCluster most fits, and submits its decision to ZAS.
- ZAS notifies you in an email about your assigned bwForCluster and provides website details for step 3 .
1.1.2 Register for an RV as coworker
Each coworker must add herself/himself to a rechenvorhaben (RV). To become coworker of an RV, please login at
and provide the
of the RV. Your RV responsible will provide you with that information. You will be assigned to role RV member.
- After submitting the request for participating in an RV, the coworker will receive an email from ZAS about the further steps (i.e. personal registration at assigned bwForCluster). The membership status in the RV is set active by default.
- Each person with role RV responsible or RV manager will be notified automatically. They can check the list of RV members at https://www.bwhpc-c5.de/en/ZAS/info_rv.php by clicking on the RV acronym.
- The RV responsible can set any RV coworker to RV manager and vice versa as well as deactivate/reactivate any RV coworker or RV manager.
- An RV manager can deactivate/reactivate any RV coworker.
1.2 Roles in an RV
|RV responsible||Registers the rechenvorhaben (RV), i.e. the planned compute activities. Can deactivate but also reactivate RV managers and coworkers. Can promote coworkers to mangers and vice versa.|
|RV manager||RV coworker with elevated rights to deactivate and reactivate other RV coworkers.|
|RV coworker||Typical user who has registered her/himself via RV acronym and password.|
2 Issuing bwForCluster entitlement
Each university issues the bwForCluster entitlement
only for their own members.
The bwForCluster entitlement issued by a university assures the operator of a bwForCluster that its university member's compute activities comply with the German Foreign Trade Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz - AWG) und German Foreign Trade Regulations (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung - AWV).
The following unversities have already established a process to issue the bwForCluster entitlement:
- Hochschule Esslingen
- University of Freiburg
- University of Heidelberg
- University of Hohenheim
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
- University of Konstanz
- University of Mannheim
- University of Stuttgart
- University of Tübingen
- University of Ulm
If you do not find your university in the list above, please contact your local service desk.
3 Personal registration at bwForCluster
Once you have registered your own RV (rechenvorhaben) or a membership in an RV, the cluster assignment team will provide you with information about your designated cluster. You will receive an email with a website to create an account for yourself on that cluster.
Available bwForCluster registration servers (service providers):
|Cluster topic and location||Registration server|
|bwForCluster Chemistry JUSTUS Ulm||http://bwidm.rz.uni-ulm.de|
|bwForCluster MLS&WISO (Production and Development)||https://bwservices.uni-heidelberg.de|
|bwForCluster NEMO Freiburg||https://bwservices.uni-freiburg.de|
|bwForCluster BinAC Tübingen||https://bwservices.uni-tuebingen.de|
Please note, this step is different to your registration at ZAS since here you register yourself as a person. Only based on your personal credentials a user account can be generated. However, resource requests of the RV in ZAS will be cross-checked with the resources consumed by you and your RV coworkers on this cluster.
After steps 1 and 2 (RV approval and bwForCluster entitlement) please visit the
- bwForCluster service provider registration website (see table above or email after RV approval):
- Select your home organization from the list of organizations and click Proceed.
- You will be redirected to the Identity Provider of your home organization.
- Enter your home-organizational user ID (might be user name, email, ...) and password and click Login or Anmelden.
- When doing this for the first time you need to accept that your personal data is transferred to the service provider.
- You will be redirected back to the cluster registration website.
- Select Service Description of the designated cluster.
- Click on Register link to register for this cluster.
- Read and accept the terms and conditions of use and click on button Register.
- Finally you will receive an email with instructions how to login to the cluster (please wait ~15 minutes before trying).
- Optionally but strongly recommended: Click on Set Service Password and set a password for the cluster.
- Note: Tübinger users don't need to set a separate service password and can use their local account credentials instead.
- Note: You can return to the registration website at any time, in order to review your registration details, change/reset your service password or deregister from the service by yourself.
4 Login to bwForCluster
Personalized details about how to login to the cluster are included in an email send after registration at the bwForCluster service provider.
General instructions for the bwForCluster login can be found here:
|Cluster topic and location||Login instructions|
|bwForCluster Chemistry JUSTUS Ulm||bwForCluster Chemistry Login|
|bwForCluster MLS&WISO Production||bwForCluster MLS&WISO Production Login|
|bwForCluster MLS&WISO Development||bwForCluster MLS&WISO Development Login|
|bwForCluster NEMO Freiburg||bwForCluster NEMO Login|
|bwForCluster BinAC Tübingen||bwForCluster BinAC Login|