Upcoming changes to research supercomputers at IU

Following is information about upcoming changes to Indiana University research supercomputers:

  • Big Red II+ expansion (September-October 2019): UITS Research Technologies will expand Big Red II+ and broaden its availability. Starting September 16, 2019, Big Red II+ will be offline and unavailable while UITS Research Technologies expands and upgrades the system from a three-cabinet Cray XC30 system to a five-cabinet Cray XC40 system.

    Featuring 936 dual-socket Haswell compute nodes (22,464 compute cores), the expanded system will provide approximately three times more compute capacity than the current system, with an expected peak performance of approximately 934 teraFLOPS.

    After the expansion, IU graduate students, faculty, and staff will be able to create accounts on the system using the instructions in Get additional IU computing accounts. Undergraduate students and affiliates will be able to get accounts if they are sponsored by full-time IU faculty or staff members. Grand Challenge users will be able to request exclusive access to a portion of the expanded system.

    Note:
    As of August 1, 2019, no new accounts will be created on Big Red II+.
  • Big Red II retirement (November 12, 2019): UITS Research Technologies will retire Big Red II on November 12, 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.
    Note:
    Following the October 13, 2019, maintenance window, UITS will no longer accept requests for new software installations on Big Red II.
  • Big Red 200 (January 2020): The retirement of Big Red II is the first step in preparing for the installation of Big Red 200, a Cray Shasta supercomputer that will enter production service in January 2020. Equipped with NVIDIA V100 GPUs and second-generation AMD EPYC processors, Big Red 200 will be capable of achieving 5.9 petaFLOPS, making it about six times as fast as Big Red II.

    IU graduate students, faculty, and staff will be able to create Big Red 200 accounts using the instructions in Get additional IU computing accounts. Undergraduate students and affiliates will be able to get Big Red 200 accounts if they are sponsored by full-time IU faculty or staff members.

Support for IU research computing systems, software, and services is provided by various teams within the Research Technologies division of UITS.

For general questions about research computing at IU, contact UITS Research Technologies.

For more options, see Research computing support at IU.

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Last modified on 2019-08-22 17:13:06.

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