PACE Advisory Committee Meeting - April 30, 2021

PAC Meeting Summary, April 30, 2021

Review survey results and come to consensus around top three priorities.  These were the results:

PAC ranking of concerns (highest to lowest)

  1. Expiration of credits (5 yrs.)
  2. Support for unfunded computational explorations (e.g., graduate student research and thesis work) 
  3. The new model will increase costs on grants, which is a competitive disadvantage
  4. Negative sponsor reaction to the new model
  5. Wait times in the new model as compared with dedicated resources
  6. Storage costs
  7. Concern that F&A will be charged on PACE after initial 2-year waiver
  8. Need for a way to pool credits (library model) across larger groups
  9. Uncertainty around handling of cost share
  10. E-routing check box confusion

PAC ranking of speculative benefits (highest to lowest)

  1. Indirect cost waiver on PACE services
  2. Flexibility to leverage new hardware releases instead of being restricted to hardware purchased at a specific point in time
  3. Projected lower overall cost to PIs versus the equipment model
  4. Indirect cost waiver on commercial cloud services
  5. Backfill queue 
  6. Insulation from failure of compute nodes
  7. Free basic tier for all PIs (10000 CPU hours and 1 Tb project storage)
  8. Improved reporting on usage per project, user, job, etc. for data-informed resource management
  9. Capacity and usage planning allows for pre-purchase of resources, drastically reducing procurement wait times for new PIs
  10. Higher utilization of existing hardware improves environmental impact

Extensive and robust discussion of top concern – expiration of credits from Rich Building Refresh.  Various options considered. Settled on the following proposal: 

  • Credits from Rich Building Refresh will last 7.5 years (instead of 5 years)
  • PI may request 1 year no-cost extension
  • Neil announced his departure to New Zealand.
Action Item:

Review CoS memo.