At IU, what supercomputer systems are available for academic research?
At the heart of Indiana University's cyberinfrastructure are the robust, reliable supercomputing systems provided and managed by the Research Technologies division of UITS. These world-class research computing systems, and the proven professional training, consultation, and support services Research Technologies provides, enable computing research experimentation and implementation, and amplify the talents of local and national researchers. For an overview of IU's research computing facilities, see IU's advanced scholarly & artistic cyberinfrastructure. Specific information about each supercomputing system is provided below.
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Big Red II
Big Red II is Indiana University's main system for high-performance parallel computing. With a theoretical peak performance (Rpeak) of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second (1 petaFLOPS), Big Red II is among the world's fastest research supercomputers. Owned and operated solely by IU, Big Red II is designed to accelerate discovery in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, physics, fine arts, and global climate research, and enable effective analysis of large, complex data sets (i.e., big data).
For more, see Big Red II at Indiana University.
quarry.uits.indiana.edu) is Indiana University's primary Linux cluster computing environment for research and research instruction use. It also serves as a "condominium cluster" environment for researchers, research labs, departments, and schools that want to have computational nodes housed within the IU Bloomington Data Center and managed by UITS Research Technologies staff. Additionally, Quarry provides a Virtual Machine hosting environment for the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the National Science Foundation's largest advanced cyberinfrastructure facility.
Note: Following a system-wide upgrade in December 2012, Quarry now runs Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 (RHEL 6) and uses the Modules package (instead of SoftEnv) for manipulating user environments. For more, see Information about the 2012 upgrade to Quarry at IU. If you encounter any problems or have questions, email the High Performance Systems group.
For more, see Quarry at Indiana University.
Research Database Complex
The Indiana University Research Database Complex (
rdc.uits.iu.edu) supports research-related databases and data-intensive applications that require databases. The RDC supports Oracle and MySQL databases, and provides an environment (
rdcweb.uits.iu.edu) for database-driven web applications focusing on research.
For more, see The Research Database Complex (RDC) at Indiana University.
mason.indiana.edu) at Indiana University is a large memory computer cluster configured to support data-intensive, high-performance computing tasks for researchers using genome assembly software (particularly software suitable for assembly of data from next-generation sequencers), large-scale phylogenetic software, or other genome analysis applications that require large amounts of computer memory. At IU, Mason accounts are available to IU faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and students involved in genome research. IU educators providing instruction on genome analysis software, and developers of such software, are also welcome to use Mason. IU has also made Mason available to genome researchers from the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project.
For more, see Mason at Indiana University.
rockhopper.uits.iu.edu) is Penguin Computing's Penguin-On-Demand (POD) supercomputing cloud appliance hosted by Indiana University. The Rockhopper POD is a collaborative effort between Penguin Computing, IU, the University of Virginia, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Michigan to provide supercomputing cloud services in a secure US facility. Researchers at US institutions of higher education and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) can purchase computing time from Penguin Computing, and receive access via high-speed national research networks operated by IU.
For more, see Rockhopper at Indiana University.
Applying for accounts
To request an account on an Indiana University research system, use the Account Management Service (AMS); see At IU, if I already have some computing accounts, how do I get others? Account availability depends on your eligibility. For eligibility information, see the "Research system accounts (all campuses)" section in What computing accounts are available at IU, and for whom?
Researchers at US institutions of higher education (with
.edu domain names) or Federally Funded Research and
Development Centers (FFRDCs) can
purchase computing time from Penguin Computing, and
then receive access to the on-demand HPC cloud service hosted on
Rockhopper at IU. Prospective users can request accounts by filling
out and submitting Penguin Computing's
account request form. To pay for your account, you need to enter
your credit card information when completing the account request
form. To request an alternate financial arrangement, email Penguin
Last modified on September 30, 2013.