Platform Access

Getting Started

The best way to get started is with an HBP Identity Account. Human Brain Project (HBP) Identity Accounts are now available by invitation

This account does not make you an HBP Member, but it does allow you access many of the tools produced by the HBP, including the HBP Collaboratory. HBP Membership requires that you be a member of a lab in one of the HBP Partner Institutions. HBP Membership grants you privileged access to the Platforms, as described in the tables below.

You can be invited in one of three ways:

  1. You can be invited by a current HBP Identity account holder.
  2. If you are an HBP Project Member, please contact your SP manager to receive an HBP Identity Account invitation. 
  3. You can request an invitation by sending a short email describing your interest in the HBP Platforms to platform@humanbrainproject.eu.

It's important to note that the HBP Collaboratory and the HBP Platforms are subject to some restrictions on their use. In most cases these restrictions are due to limited computing or storage capacity powering the Platform service offerings. There may be reasons to expand resource allocations for particular services if a strong scientific case can be made for the increased allocation.

When in doubt, ask platform@humanbrainproject.eu. The Collaboratory support team will route your request to the right place. Please see below for more details on the Access Categories and details of accessing the specific Platforms.

Access Categories

The tables below summarise the different categories of access for the HBP Platforms. For further information on accessing each Platform, please see the section on Platform Specific Access.

Public

Account Site visitors with no authentication and no account
Who? Anyone
What can they access?
  • Download open source software from Github accounts of HBP Partners
  • Browse public HBP websites
  • Download promotional material
  • Neuroinformatics platform metadata search
  • Neurorobotics platform public resources
  • No Collaboratory access
Terms HBP Collaboratory or Platform Terms of Service for accessible services
Support
  • No HBP support
  • Community support through open source support forums or HBP Forum

HBP Identity

Account HBP Identity Account
Who?

By invitation, but anyone can request an invitation for an HBP Identity Account.

More details here: https://services.humanbrainproject.eu/oidc/account/request

What can they access?

HBP Collaboratory:

  • Browse Platform collabs
  • Browse HBP Collaboratory public collabs
  • Add files to public collabs where the user is a member
  • Create public collabs and populate them with content
  • Create public Jupyter notebooks and edit them
  • Can be added to private collabs by collab owners

 

HBP Platforms:

  • Restricted access to apps: limited functionality or limited access
  • Neuroinformatics platform search for public data
  • Neuroinformatics platform upload of public data
  • Full access to HBP Medical Informatics Platform resources
  • Can request Test or Project access to HBP Neurorobotics Platform
  • Can request Test or Project access to HBP Neuromorphic Platform resources
  • Can request Test or Project access to HBP High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform
Terms HBP Collaboratory or Platform Terms of Service for accessible services
Support
  • Best effort HBP support
  • Community support through open source support forums or HBP Forum

HBP Platform Test Access

Account HBP Identity Account
Who?

HBP Identity Account holders who have been approved for Test allocations for Platforms.

In the case of the HPAC Platform "Test" allocations are granted according ot the approval policies of the respective computing centre.

For the Neuromorphic and Neurorobotics Platforms, Test allocations are approved by a small committee of experts in the respective Platform subproject team.

The following Platforms support Test allocations:
 
  • HPC Platform
  • Neuromorphic Platform
  • Neurorobotics Platform
What can they access?
  • All access rights of Community accounts
  • Access based on the specific Platform.
Terms HBP Collaboratory, Platform Terms of Service and HBP Consortium Agreement
Support
  • Full HBP support
  • Community support through open source support forums or HBP Forum

HBP Platform Project Access

Account HBP Identity Account
Who?

HBP Identity Account holders who have been approved for Project allocations for specific Platforms.

In the case of the HPAC Platform "Project" allocations are granted according ot the approval policies of the respective computing centre.

For the Neuromorphic and Neurorobotics Platforms, Project allocations are approved by a small committee of experts in the respective Platform subproject team.

The following Platforms support Project allocations:
 
  • HPAC Platform
  • Neuromorphic Platform
  • Neurorobotics Platform
What can they access?
  • All access rights of Collaboratory accounts
  • Access based on the based on the specific Platform.
Terms HBP Collaboratory, Platform Terms of Service and HBP Consortium Agreement
Support
  • Full HBP support
  • Community support through open source support forums or HBP Forum

HBP Partnering Projects

Account HBP Identity Account
Who?

Anyone who belongs to an HBP Partnering Project

More details on Partnering Projects here: https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/2016-partnering-projects

What can they access?
  • All access rights of HBP Identity accounts
  • Enhanced Collaboratory and Platform access as negotiated in the partnership agreement
  • Access to the web accessible model building and simulation services of the Brain

Simulation Platform, if requested in the Partnering Project setup.

Terms HBP Collaboratory, Platform Terms of Service and HBP Consortium Agreement
Support
  • Full HBP support where Platform access has been granted
  • Community support through open source support forums or HBP Forum

HBP Members

Account HBP Member Account
Who? Anyone who belongs to an HBP partner institution and requests accreditation accreditation to a particular HBP Subproject
What can they access?
  • All access rights of HBP Identity accounts

 

HBP Collaboratory:

  • Can create private collabs

 

HBP Platforms:

  • Full access to apps
  • Neuroinformatics platform access to HBP data.
  • Can request access to HBP High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform resources
  • Can request access to HBP Brain Simulation Platform
  • Preferential access requests to HBP Neuromorphic Platform resources
  • Full access to HBP Neurorobotics Platform resources
Terms HBP Collaboratory, Platform Terms of Service and HBP Consortium Agreement
Support
  • Full HBP support
  • Community support through open source support forums or HBP Forum.

Platform Specific Access

HBP Collaboratory

Access to the HBP Collaboratory can be gained by requesting an HBP Identity account from platform@humanbrainproject.eu.

This account provides access to some of the basic functionality of the various HBP Platforms. In addition, the Collaboratory has a collab for each Platform which will guide you through all available functionality to help  determine what additional steps you should take to get the access you need.

Get started here

SP5 - Neuroinformatics Platform

The Neuroinformatics Platform provides search across both public and private datasets. The public datasets are searchable and downloadable by anyone with an HBP Identity account. In addition, you can create your own publicly registered datasets and modify the metadata used to find them.

Get started with the Neuroinformatics Platform here

SP6 - Brain Simulation Platform

HBP Identity accounts give access to the Brain Simulation tutorials and documentation. Numerous other tools are available as Opensource. However, the computational services of the Brain Simulation Platform are only available to HBP Partnering Projects.

Get started with the Brain Simulation Platform here

SP7 - High Performance Analytics and Computing Platform

The High Performance Analytics and Computing (HPAC) Platform follows the best practices in the High Performance Computing centers around the world. This is necessary in part because these computing and storage resources must be offered fairly and competitively to many different scientific communities.

For most parts of the HPAC Platform there are no general restrictions for externals. Only the access to supercomputers is regulated individually for every computing time calls.  Some only allow national PIs, others are less restrictive, with the details contained in the specific call.

Selection is based on established procedures at the HPC centres:

Access to supercomputers: 

  • Project access (large allocations): All scientists (HBP internal and external) can apply to the same calls for computing time proposals. The evaluation is based on an independent scientific and technical peer-review organised by a site-local, national or international allocation committee, depending on the call.  Details can be found in the documentation of the specific call.
  • Preparatory access (small allocations complemented with support): Similar to project access, but less restricted (review mostly technical), with the goal to prepare a proposal for project access. 
  • Development allocations: Decisions made by the HPC site hosting the supercomputer.

Access to Visualisation systems:

  • Decisions made by teams of RWTH Aachen (for the CAVE) and EPFL (for the tiled display wall)

Access to Cloud storage at KIT:

  • Decisions made by team at KIT

All other components:

  • No access restrictions.

To find out more about how to apply for access and resource allocations on the HPAC Platform compute centres see the HPAC Platform Guidebook.

Get started with the HPAC Platform here

SP8 - Medical Informatics Platform

The Medical Informatics Platform offers anonymised query results on publicly available research sets. Only an HBP Identity account is required to access the Medical Informatics Platform.

Get started with the Medical Informatics Platform here

SP9 - Neuromorphic Computing Platform

The Neuromorphic Computing Platform offers both Test and Project access to approved proposals. If you are new to the Neuromorphic Computing Platform, the process is as follows:

  1. Mail request to account@neuromorphic.eu (starting April 1st, 2016)

  2. Receive inivitation

  3. Sign Collaboratory terms of service document

  4. Receive HBP Identity account which will give you access to the HBP Collaboratory.

  5. Create a new Neuromorphic collab, using the "Get Started!" button or the "Create a collab" item in the Neuromorphic Platform collab.

  6. Decide on your project type:

    Preparatory access:

    1. Short technical motivation (1 page) Fixed resource quota
    2. Brief technical review

    Project access:

    1. Scientific motivation (3 pages) Request resources
    2. Scientific and technical reviews
  7. Receive evaluation report and (hopefully) project approval.  Researchers with non-EU nationalities may be subject to additional scrutiny during the application process.  Passport checks may be required to finalize project approval.

  8. Sign Neuromorphic Terms of Service document

  9. Start working.

Get started with the Neuromorphic Platform here

SP10 - Neurorobotics Platform

The Neurorobotics Platform offers both Test and Project access to approved proposals. To request access visit the Neurorobotic Platform Access Policy page.

Get started with the Neurorobotics Platform here.