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Compute Resources

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

High Performance Computing Resources

R2

The R2 HPC Cluster is a Linux core operating system (CentOS release 7) High Availability cluster supporting 22 compute nodes, each with dual Intel Xeon E5-2680 14 core CPUs, for a total of 616 CPU cores. Five GPU nodes with dual Nvidia Tesla NVLink P100 cards; each GPU has 3584 cores with Double-Precision Performance of up to 4.7 TeraFLOPS – for a total of 35840 cores. Compute cores are controlled by the SLURM scheduler. Visit Boise State’s R2 specifications page for more information.

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.

Boise State researchers can access a compute resources at a variety of levels through allocation requests described below:

  • Trial and Campus Champion allocations easy-to-access resources available so you can test out your project. These requests can be made any time of year through Boise State’s Campus Champion or through an XSEDE Help Desk request.
  • Startup Allocations  require a formal request and are meant for small-scale activities; application development; benchmarking, evaluation, and experimentation on the various resources; or for developing a science gateway. They have a one-year duration, and requests are also evaluated throughout the year.
  • Education Allocations require a formal request and are for academic courses or training activities. These allocations requests are evaluated throughout the year.
  • Research Allocations require a formal proposal which have quarterly submission deadlines. XSEDE provides HPC, visualization, storage, and HTC resources for researchers.

For more information about the types of allocations, request requirements, and examples, visit XSEDE’s Startup Allocations web page (where you can also read about Trial and Education allocations), the Research Allocations web page, and the Education Allocations web page.

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. Email researchcomputing@boisestate.edu to get in touch with our champion.

INL Falcon

Idaho National Laboratory makes the Top 500 supercomputer known as “Falcon” available to Boise State researchers. For help setting up accounts, requesting allocations or access to Falcon, contact the Research Computing Support Department at: researchcomputing@boisestate. Visit the Falcon specifications page for more information.

Summit

The Summit Supercomputer is funded by an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Colorado (CU) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). The supercomputer is hosted in a CU Boulder data center and is available to members of RMACC (Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium), which includes Boise State researchers.

Summit is a heterogeneous computing system with traditional CPU compute nodes, GPU and MIC accelerator nodes, high-memory nodes, an OmniPath Fat-Tree interconnect and 1 PB of scratch disk storage. Summit’s peak performance is around 450 TeraFlops (TF) / sec., placing it about #175 in the Top500 list.

To learn more about the system visit CU Boulder’s Summit specifications web page, and to learn more about requesting an allocation and user information visit CU Boulder’s HPC Systems administration web page.

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 portals for overview, tracing, cluster information, and job status. Access the Bright Cluster Manager Portals using your Boise State HPC accounts. The user portal link is given below:

Servers for Researchers

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.