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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.

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Karst (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. Like its predecessor (Quarry), Karst also serves as a "condominium cluster" environment for IU researchers, research labs, departments, and schools.

For more, see Karst at Indiana University.

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Mason (mason.indiana.edu) at 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.

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Quarry (quarry.uits.indiana.edu) is a Linux cluster computing environment for research and research instruction use at Indiana University.

Note: After seven years of production service, Indiana University's Quarry research computing cluster will be decommissioned on January 30, 2015. New accounts on Quarry will no longer be available after Thursday, December 18, 2014. IU students, faculty, and staff can request accounts on Karst, IU's newest high-throughput computing cluster; for instructions, see Requesting an account. User data on Quarry will not be removed; you can access your home directory data on Quarry from your account on any other IU research computing resource (see Accessing one home directory from another). All software modules available on Quarry will be available on Karst. If you have questions or concerns about Quarry's retirement, or need help, contact the High Performance Systems group.

For more, see Quarry at Indiana University.

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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.

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Rockhopper (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.

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Applying for accounts

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 (all campuses)" section in What computing accounts are available at IU, and for whom?

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 Computing directly.

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