Getting started on Big Red
Note: Big Red is scheduled to be retired from service in June 2013. Indiana University is replacing it with Big Red II, the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation, capable of performing one quadrillion floating-point operations per second (1 petaflop). Based on Cray XE/XK technology, Big Red II has 676 XK nodes (each containing one AMD "Interlagos" processor and one NVIDIA "Kepler" GPU) and 344 XE nodes (each containing two AMD "Abu Dhabi" processors). For more, see Big Red II at Indiana University.When commissioned in 2006, Big Red (
bigred.teragrid.iu.edu) was one of the most powerful university-owned computers in the US, and one of the 50 fastest supercomputers in the world. Part of a comprehensive strategy to build an advanced cyberinfrastructure to support research at Indiana University, Big Red has a theoretical peak performance of more than 40 teraflops, and has achieved more than 28 teraflops on numerical computations.
Access to Big Red is provided to all Indiana University faculty and graduate students, and faculty-sponsored undergraduates and staff. Instructional use is limited to courses that have been approved by the Director for Research Technologies.
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 section in What computing accounts are available at IU?
Note: To prepare for the upcoming retirement of Big Red, no new Big Red accounts will be created after May 3, 2013. If you have a Big Red account as of May 3, you will still be able to access and use the system until your account is migrated to Big Red II. If you have questions or concerns contact the High Performance Systems group.
For system configuration details, plus information about logging in, compiling and running programs, and getting help, see Big Red at Indiana University. For usage policies, see Big Red usage policies.
Last modified on April 08, 2013.