Facility Policies

INCITE Quarterly Report Policy

Quarterly Report Policy

The Department of Energy (DOE) requires the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) to provide quarterly reports on the progress of all INCITE projects. ALCF, in turn, requires PIs from all INCITE projects to complete a quarterly report and send it to their assigned Catalysts. Quarterly reports are due on or before the first day of the following quarter. Due dates for the 2013 INCITE Quarterly Reports are:

Software Policy

ALCF Resource Software Use

All software used on ALCF computers must be appropriately acquired and used according to the appropriate licensing. Possession or use of illegally copied software is prohibited. Likewise, users shall not copy copyrighted software, except as permitted by the owner of the copyright. Currently, the use of export-controlled codes is prohibited.


User Authentication Policy

Users of the Argonne production systems are required to use a CRYPTOCard one time password, multifactor authentication system.

This document explains the policies users must follow regarding CRYPTOCard tokens for accessing the Argonne resources.

Pullback Policy

In an effort to ensure that valuable ALCF computing resources are used judiciously, a pullback policy has been instituted. Projects granted allocations under the INCITE and ALCC programs that have not used a significant amount of their allocation will be evaluated and adjusted during the year following the policies outlined on this page.

ALCF Acknowledgment Policy

As a U.S. Department of Energy user facility dedicated to the advancement of scientific discoveries, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) provides unique computing resources and expertise to a user community that is bound by certain policies designed to acknowledge and promote the work of others as well as the resources used to accomplish this work.

Refund Policy

If a system problem affects your run, ALCF will consider a refund of CPU hours. The ALCF expects all applications to regularly checkpoint, so refunds are typically capped at four hours of runtime for the affected job, unless the problem in question prevented checkpoints.

To request a refund, send the following information to support@alcf.anl.gov:

Account Sponsorship & Retention Policy

This page is designed to help you understand the different account types that you will encounter at ALCF. The policy outlined reviews the responsibilities of an account holder, an account sponsor, and those of a foreign national.

ALCF Account Types

There are three common types of accounts at the  ALCF:

Accounts Policy

All holders of user accounts must abide by all appropriate Argonne Leadership Computing Facility and Argonne National Laboratory computing usage policies. These are described at the time of the account request and include requirements such as using a sufficiently strong password, appropriate use of the system, and so on. Any user not following these requirements will have their account disabled.