In addition to downloading the data, General Access proposals can have one team member request access to the "PNCC Compute" Nodes on the PNNL Supercomputer BOREAL (previously CASCADE) with free allocations of 6,000 node hours per project.

  1. The process for access to the computing resources requires a background check and can take up to 4 months or longer for Foreign Nationals. Most US citizens can be approved in less than two months. 
  2. Contact the PNCC User Office for information on how to request access to PNCC Compute on BOREAL. Once access is approved, you receive your Secure ID token. Then will schedule an onboarding session with our PNCC Compute SPOC to introduce you to the BOREAL system and job submission protocols. We will, highlight paths to various cryo-EM software and script templates and confirm your ability to login.

Available software on BOREAL include:

  • RELION
  • cryoSPARC
  • EMAN2
  • FREALIGN
  • DYNAMO
  • IMOD
  • EMClarity
  • MotionCorr 2
  • CTFFind4
  • PHENIX
  • pyem

Note that other software can be installed on request.

The PNCC Compute Partition provides priority job staging for PNCC projects and consists of fifty-six nodes where each node has 2x 16GB V100 GPGPU, 16 Intel XEON CPU cores, 1 TB SSD, and 256GB memory. All are linked to 3PB parallel filesystem via FDR Infiniband network. Standard priority access to the other normal BOREAL nodes (1380 CPU only nodes) is also provided with the same badging and login.