About Big Red 200 at IU

Big Red 200 is currently undergoing hardware verification by the vendor, after which UITS Research Technologies will begin acceptance testing, followed by work to integrate Big Red 200 with other IU systems. An early user phase will precede full production service. Research Technologies will provide a more precise timeline as work progresses.

Big Red 200 is a Cray Shasta supercomputer designed to support scientific and medical research, and advanced research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics. Installed at Indiana University in January 2020, Big Red 200 is expected to enter production service during the spring 2021 semester.

Big Red 200 features 672 compute nodes, each equipped with 256 GB of memory and two 64-core, 2.25 GHz, 225-watt AMD EPYC 7742 processors. An upcoming expansion will add 64 GPU-accelerated nodes, each with 512 GB of memory and four NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs. After the expansion, Big Red 200 will have a theoretical peak performance (Rpeak) greater than 6 petaFLOPS.

Big Red 200 runs a proprietary variant of Linux called Cray Linux Environment (CLE). In CLE, compute elements run a lightweight kernel called Compute Node Linux (CNL), and the service nodes run SUSE Enterprise Linux Server (SLES). Big Red 200 uses Slurm to coordinate resource management and job scheduling.

When Big Red 200 enters production service, 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 request Big Red 200 accounts if they are sponsored by full-time IU faculty or staff members.

For more about Big Red 200, see Indiana University unveils supercomputer Big Red 200.

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