Supercomputer systems for academic research at IU

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. 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) and a maximal achieved performance (Rmax) of 596.4 teraFLOPS, 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 (big data).

For more, see About Big Red II at Indiana University.

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Big Red II will be retired from service on December 15, 2019. After that date, you will no longer be able to log into Big Red II; however, the data in your Big Red II home directory will remain accessible from your home directory on any of the other IU research supercomputers. Requests for new software installations on Big Red II are currently being redirected to Big Red 3 unless the requested software has requirements specific to Big Red II.

IU graduate students, faculty, and staff can create Big Red 3 accounts using the instructions in Get additional IU computing accounts. Undergraduate students and affiliates can get Big Red 3 accounts if they are sponsored by full-time IU faculty or staff members; see About Big Red 3, Big Red II, RDC, and SDA accounts for undergraduate students and sponsored affiliates at IU. Grand Challenges users who create Big Red 3 accounts can submit the Request Access to Specialized HPC Resources form to request exclusive access to a portion of the system for running jobs.

For more, see Upcoming changes to research supercomputers at IU.

Big Red 3

Big Red 3 is a Cray XC40 supercomputer dedicated to researchers, scholars, and artists with large-scale, compute-intensive applications that can take advantage of the system's extreme processing capability and high-bandwidth network topology. Big Red 3 supports programs at the highest level of the university, including the Grand Challenges program.

For more, see About Big Red 3 at Indiana University.

Carbonate

Carbonate at Indiana University is a large memory computer cluster configured to support high-performance, data-intensive computing. Carbonate can handle computing tasks for researchers using genome assembly software, large-scale phylogenetic software, and other genome analysis applications that require large amounts of computer memory. Accounts are available to IU students, faculty, and staff. Carbonate also serves as a "condominium cluster" environment for IU researchers, research labs, departments, and schools.

For more, see About Carbonate at Indiana University.

Carbonate deep learning nodes

To facilitate the support of deep learning applications and research, Indiana University's Carbonate cluster has been expanded to include 12 GPU-accelerated Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530 compute nodes. Each of these deep learning (DL) nodes is equipped with two Intel Xeon Gold 6126 12-core CPUs, two NVIDIA GPU accelerators (eight with Tesla P100s; four with Tesla V100s), four 1.92 TB solid-state drives, and 192 GB of RAM. All DL nodes are housed in the IU Bloomington Data Center, run Red Hat Enterprise 7.x, and are connected to the IU Science DMZ via 10-gigabit Ethernet.

For more, see About the deep learning nodes on Carbonate at IU.

Karst

Karst is Indiana University's high-throughput computing cluster. Designed to deliver large amounts of processing capacity over long periods of time, Karst's system architecture provides IU researchers the advanced performance needed to accommodate high-end, data-intensive applications critical to scientific discovery and innovation.

For more, see About Karst at Indiana University.

Applying for accounts

To request an account on an Indiana University research system, see Get additional IU computing accounts. Account availability depends on your eligibility.

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