ICER’s Research Story Contest

Calling all ICER users! At the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER), we know our users are doing incredible work across all fields, and we want to share your work with the public. If you are interested in having your research featured on ICER’s website, newsletter, and social media and...

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Software Needs for ICER's Operating System Upgrade

As you may be aware, ICER will upgrade the operating system on the high-performance computing cluster with a target date of mid-June. In the coming weeks, we will provide more information about the transition to users, including access to testing nodes. In the meantime, we are asking users to fill...

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Los científicos renacentistas del Laboratorio Mendoza abordan el cambio climático

Read the story in English José Luis Mendoza Cortés trabaja para resolver una de las cuestiones más importantes a la que se enfrenta nuestro planeta. Mendoza, facultad del Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Ciencia de Materiales y del Departamento de Física y Astronomía en Michigan State...


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Renaissance Scientists in the Mendoza Lab Tackle Climate Change

Leer este artículo en español José Luis Mendoza Cortés is working to solve some of the most important questions facing our planet. As a faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Michigan State University, Mendoza uses...

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New NVIDIA Grace Nodes Available for All ICER Users

ICER has opened up the recently added NVIDIA Grace nodes to all users of the HPCC. These new nodes include the Grace Hopper Superchip, which can accelerate common GPU workflows like machine learning, generative AI, molecular dynamics, and fluid dynamics. Due to their unique architecture, the Grace...

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NVIDIA’s Grace Hopper Nodes Arrive at MSU’s Data Center to Push Boundaries of Computational Research

On the cutting edge of computer chip technology, the NVIDIA Grace Hopper Superchip promises to advance computational research beyond what was possible with previous hardware. The Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER) has installed four Grace Hopper nodes and one Grace CPU node for MSU’s high...

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Upcoming HPCC Operating System Upgrade

We are conducting a major operating system (OS) change on the high-performance computing cluster after the end of the 2024 spring semester. Due to the current cluster's operating system end-of-life and additional considerations, we are upgrading the HPCC to a newer Linux OS. As with any major...

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From Zero to One Billion: ICER Reaches High-Performance Computing Milestone

ICER's roots date back to 2005, although the name "Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research" had not been coined yet. The first system had 64 cores and 256 GB of RAM. Now, ICER has hundreds of nodes with twice as many cores, each over ten times faster than that first system. The storage has increased...

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Annual CPU and GPU Hour Limits Have Been Reset

Per ICER policy, HPCC users who do not have a buy-in account are given a 'general' SLURM account. The general account is limited to 500,000 CPU hours and 10,000 GPU hours every calendar year. There is no yearly usage limit on CPU or GPU time with a buy-in account. A CPU hour is the wall time of...

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What is the purpose of scheduled downtimes on the HPCC?

Anyone who has contacted tech support knows that the first question they ask is "have you tried turning it off and back on again?" A high-performance computing center (HPCC) also needs regular downtime and maintenance to keep things running smoothly.  Reminder: Upcoming Maintenance Window Beginning...

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Decoding Disinformation: Agent-Based Modeling with David Butts

Chronic wasting disease in deer and disinformation on social media have something in common: they spread. David Butts has explored both research areas in graduate school by creating computer simulations to model their spreading properties. He used the models to test mitigation strategies and...

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An Even Easier Way to Write and Run Code on the HPCC With Browser-Based VS Code

ICER has introduced a new application available through OnDemand called "Code Server," an implementation of Visual Studio Code run directly from your browser. Users can edit files, run code, access terminals, and use any features of VS Code natively on the HPCC without needing to set up any new...

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