## What happens when my account balance goes negative?

Your account balance is printed each time you login, so you might see your
account balance heading toward zero quickly if you are using large numbers
of processors per job or running large numbers of jobs.
Your group account balance should only go negative if your group has used
more computer time than the percentage of CyEnce that your group was assigned.
The six major PI groups had 15% each, except for bioinformatics, which had 25%.
Some PI groups stayed together, others asked for separate groups, and the
percentages were divided proportionately.
The monthly amount is simply
1/12 of the number of hours in a year
times 248 compute nodes times
time the percentage for the group.
The sum of these is all the available hours on all nodes in an average month.
The policy is implemented as follows:
Groups that have a negative balance:
* are allowed to continued to run, but
* have a lower number of total nodes that they can compete for
* have a lower number of jobs per user and per group than that for
groups which have a postive account balance.
The policy is essentially that which was in effect initially on CyEnce, buit was
found not to fully utilize the machine.
Groups with positive balances are running under the relaxed scheduling policies
approved by the HPC Committee in Nov 2013, which allowed for increase system
utilization.
This means that the groups with positive balances are allowed to use the extra
system utilization first. If they are not using it, the system is relatively idle
and other policies for short duration jobs (24 hours or less) are invoked which
allow all groups to use resources when the system is idle.
This is explained more fully in:

Queues and Scheduling Stucture