In addition to XSEDE, XRAS is now provided via service agreements to three clients, and more clients are ramping up.
- NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Lab uses XRAS to manage its university community allocations.
- NCAR's Earth Observing Lab is using XRAS to manage requests for the NSF-supported Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities.
- The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has begun managing allocation requests for its Anton 2 system via XRAS.
- XRAS is used to support allocation requests for advanced user support collaborations spanning XSEDE, PRACE, and RIST
To continue improving the system to support the needs of advanced research computing at universities and elsewhere, XSEDE is seeking a small number of campuses interested in piloting an XRAS deployment for their user communities. The pilot effort is designed to support the allocation needs of the campus while helping the XSEDE team understand needs and requirements for new XRAS client organizations.
XRAS provides interfaces and components to support the submission, review, and administration of allocation requests. A variety of submission requirements and policies can be supported by the rules engine. The review component enforces conflicts of interest and allows allocation panel members to view requests, download documents, and enter their reviews. The administrative system provides panel management, tools for meeting logistics and review assignments, email notification capabilities, and award entry and processing functions.
Sites with lightweight allocation procedures can choose not to use the review and panel management features, instead focusing on using XRAS for allocation tracking and basic administration.
A number of features are currently in development to improve the XRAS service for non-XSEDE clients. These features include customizable submission interfaces, integrated reporting capabilities for allocations staff, and a streamlined allocations workflow.
To use XRAS, your site needs to meet only minimal technical requirements. Primarily, the resources to be allocated by your site must be entered into the XSEDE Resource Description Repository (RDR) and your site must be a member of the XSEDE SP Forum at Level 3 or higher. (The main integration requirement for becoming a Level 3 Service Provider is listing your primary resources in the RDR.) XRAS also supports optional integration with your local identity management and authentication system and your local accounting system; XRAS clients also have the option of developing custom submission user interfaces, tailored to their needs and embedded with their organization's web or portal sites.
Last update: March 24, 2020