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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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Easier Way to Launch Interactive Jobs on the HPCC

We have a new, easier way to launch interactive jobs on the HPCC! The "interact" script wraps around "salloc" to provide sensible defaults for interactive jobs of 1 core on 1 node for 1 hour. You can request a specific time with the "-t" option, e.g. "interact -t 4:00:00" for 4 hours. It also has...

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2023 Cloud Computing Fellows Embark on Journey of Innovation

The 2023 Cloud Computing Fellowship cohort at Michigan State University has embarked on a journey to push the boundaries of traditional high-performance computing. As a joint effort between the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER) and the IT Services Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) group...

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2023 ACRES REU

Undergrads Experience Computational Research in Summer Program

The Advanced Computational Research Experience for Students (ACRES) program is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It is coordinated by Michigan State University’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) and...

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Using VS Code to Connect to the HPCC

If you're a Visual Studio Code user (or want to be one), check out these tips! Did you know you can use VS Code to connect to the HPCC? You can edit files, access terminals, and run commands on the HPCC directly from VS Code. To get started, follow these instructions on our documentation. Are you...

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ICER’s Supercomputer and Super Staff Contribute to XPRIZE Competition

Sponsors of the XPRIZE Rainforest competition put $10 million in prize money on the line for whoever can develop novel technologies to rapidly and comprehensively survey rainforest biodiversity and use that data to improve our understanding of complex rainforest ecosystems. A group of experts from...

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