As a way to thank our users for providing financial support to CCR, we offer a Quality of Service (QOS) priority boost to their jobs.  To find out if your group should be getting this boost, please read about the criteria here.



Think you should be getting a priority boost?


If you think you meet the criteria in the link above but are not receiving credit for it, please submit a ticket to CCR help.  Thank you for your support!


We love hearing about what research is being done at CCR. Please take a look at some of the interesting work being done by UB researchers on the CCR machines. Contact us with your information and we'll include it in the list.



Planning ahead when writing grant requests:


Before you submit a grant, we are happy to work with you on the budget to help ensure that we can best support your project.   Please submit a ticket to CCR help.


How do we utilize the priority boost?


CCR uses the SLURM Quality of Service (QOS) function for providing group's with an extra boost in priority for their jobs. To take advantage of your quality of service priority boost, please add the following to your SLURM scripts (this can be used with any partition in the UB-HPC cluster):

#SBATCH --qos=supporters



Not sure if you have access to a QOS?


To check to see if you have access to the supporters QOS, look at your SLURM associations:


slimits


You will see a column for QOS.  In this example, the first account has the standard  QOS values available to all users of the ub-hpc cluster:



This example shows an account with access to the 'supporters' qos: 



Other QOS values are available for PI groups that are grants that help fund equipment purchases.  See this article for more details on these priority boosts.  




Why isn't my job running first?

Please note that a priority boost is not a ticket to the front of the line (queue).  It is one of multiple factors that go into calculating a job's priority.  Please see this article for more information on Slurm's multi-factor scheduling.




Renewing the allocation for a priority boost:


Users and PIs will get notification emails when the priority boost allocation is set to expire.  You can NOT renew these yourself.  


MRI & NIH boosts:  The expiration dates for the priority boosts provided as part of the 2019 NIH S10 award and the 2017 NSF MRI award are set by CCR and based on when the equipment went into production, not when the grant started.  Meaning - we've given you more time so we will not extend these priority boosts past the set expiration date.  If you also have access to the 'mrisupport' or 'nihsupport' QOS values, they will expire at the same time as your 'supporters' boost.  Users in your group can continue to use 'mri' and 'nih' QOS values until they expired.


Supporters boosts:  These are based on several factors.  Please review the criteria here and contact CCR Help if you believe your boost should be renewed.  This is a manual process for us that involves contacting UB sponsored projects for verification.  Even though you've entered the information in the grant section in ColdFront, we request that you submit a CCR help ticket to let us know that you've allocated funds to CCR and we'll contact sponsored projects.