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.
karst.uits.iu.edu) is Indiana University's newest
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. Karst also serves as a
"condominium cluster" environment for IU researchers, research labs,
departments, and schools.
For more, see Karst at Indiana University.
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.
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.
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, see At IU, if I already have some computing accounts, how do I get others? Account availability depends on your eligibility.
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
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Last modified on 2015-04-01.
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