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High Performance Computing

For help with any of these services or for general consultation, email researchcomputing@boisestate.edu.

Servers

In support of the University’s research mission, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides free virtual servers to researchers and faculty. Each researcher and faculty member can request a virtual server with 500 GB or more of data storage. The typical setup is a 1 CPU, 1 GB Memory VM server with either a Microsoft Server OS or Red Hat OS.

Storage & Sharing

We provide a variety of storage solutions to support local and inter-institutional research teams with data sets of all sizes, from less than 1 TB to greater than 100 TB. Whether configuring a Windows share drive for local teams with smaller data sets or setting up a Linux NFS distributed file system, our consultants can help you get to the right storage solution. We also provide consultation, together with the Albertson’s Library data management team, to determine the best options for long-term data storage, archiving, and publishing, including digital object identifiers (DOIs). Visit the Albertsons Library Data Management Services web page for more information.

Transfer

Needs for data transfer depend on the size of the data, how often it needs to be transferred, and where it’s coming from and going to. Without the right plan, the process can quickly get bogged down or halted. Our team can help you get the right connection to move your data around, whether it’s using the university’s centralized 10GB fiber loop, the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON), Internet2, or Quilt.

We can also help get you set up with Globus, a service for transferring and sharing data from a variety of devices and endpoints using a web browser. Visit the Globus website to learn more and create an account at https://www.globus.org/signup. Once you’re set up, Research Computing can help with the data transferring or sharing process.

XSEDE

A five-year, $121-million project supported by the National Science Foundation, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. It is composed of multiple partner institutions contributing one or more allocable services. Resources include High Performance Computing (HPC) machines, High Throughput Computing (HTC) machines, visualization, data storage, testbeds, and services. Visit the XSEDE website to learn more about the project, and get more information about XSEDE resources on the XSEDE Resources Overview page.

Boise State’s XSEDE Campus Champion can help you navigate the resources provided by this national resource. Email researchcomputing@boisestate.edu to get in touch with our champion.

Job Management

Our team provides support for running jobs on Boise State, regional, and national compute resources. After setting up a local HPC account, we help to get your HPC jobs started and running on our systems and provide support for setting up new software, learning scheduler commands, and creating job scripts. We also help troubleshoot issues when jobs are running and provide standby support service whenever there’s a need to make sure your research project stays up and running.

HPC Portals

For your HPC jobs, we provide easy-to-use user portals for overview, tracing, cluster information, and job status. Access the Bright Cluster Manager Portals using your Boise State HPC accounts. The user portal links are given below: