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Letter From the Director: Cluster Buy-in (Deadline 10/4/2022)

Dear colleagues, The Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research is in the midst of buying a new cluster in order to increase our computing capacity. I’m writing to you regarding the opportunity to buy CPU and/or GPU nodes for this machine, with a request for commitments by no later than October 4, 2022....

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Ripples in Space Reveal Information About Distant Explosions

Much like the ripples in a pond, ripples in space known as gravitational waves (GWs) provide information to an observer about the source of the ripple. Large waves in a pond are likely caused by something large falling into the water. Similarly, the signals of GWs provide valuable insight into...

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Migrating to New Scratch: gs21

Recently, ICER announced the release of the new gs21 scratch system (see the announcement here) AND the retirement of ls15 and gs18 scratch space (sometimes referred to as “old scratch space” below).  We would like to bring attention to the following: (1) Highlight the important dates mentioned in...

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New Scratch System gs21 and Retirement of ls15 and gs18

We are excited to announce the general release of our new gs21 scratch system, now available at /mnt/gs21/scratch on all user systems, including gateways, development nodes, and the compute cluster. The new scratch system provides 3 PB of space for researchers and allows us to continue to maintain...

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New 'Scavenger' Queue Does Not Count Against Standard HPCC Limits

On May 11th, 2022, ICER deployed a new 'scavenger' queue that allows users to run preemptable jobs on idle cores. Jobs running in this queue are not limited by the regular queues’ limits on running jobs and do not count against yearly usage totals, but they may be canceled at any time to allow...

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Go Above and Beyond Using the HPCC’s New Scavenger Queue

On May 11th, 2022, ICER will deploy a new 'scavenger' queue that will allow users to run preemptable jobs on idle cores. They will not be limited by the regular queues’ limits on running jobs and do not count against yearly usage totals, but they may be canceled at any time to allow general or buy-...

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CPU and GPU Hour Credits for Node Failures

ICER has identified an issue with the way CPU usage is recorded on our system, and we have implemented a fix to address it. To ensure fair access to computing resources, researchers using the HPCC who have not bought cluster hardware have an annual usage limit of 500,000 CPU Hours and 10,000 GPU...

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Grant Awarded for Accessible Supercomputer: MSU Data Machine. Graphic contains images of computational research.

Grant Awarded for Accessible Supercomputer: MSU Data Machine

Although the phrase “high-performance computing” traditionally conjures images of a computer scientist more so than a social scientist, the reality is that many diverse areas of research benefit from access to the advanced computational capacity offered by a high-performance computing center (HPCC...

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Jupyter Notebook Corner: Artificial Neural Networks

Download the lesson materials. An artificial neural network (ANN) is a deep learning algorithm using artificial intelligence. ANNs consist of layers of interconnected artificial neurons (i.e., nodes) powered by activation functions (i.e., mathematical formula to determine if the neuron is switched...

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Facts About SLURM Usage

Recently, we received a ticket from a buy-in account user asking a question about SLURM usage quota. The following list contains useful information about SLURM CPU/GPU usage quota shown in the output of the command “SLURMUsage” for general and buy-in users. The “SLURMUsage” command only takes the...

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Learning to Think in Parallel: From Fieldwork to High-Performance Computing

For Dr. Rachel Toczydlowski, the title Computational Biologist still seems strange. Having started her career with fieldwork, adding the descriptor “computational” did not feel natural. Incorporating high-performance computing into her repertoire has opened new avenues and changed aspects of how ...

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MSU Science Festival: Supercomputing in 360 Degrees!

Check out ICER's virtual booth at the MSU Science Festival! While supplies last, pick up a pair of free ICER VR glasses during Science in the Gardens. You can explore the content below anytime, and be sure to check out the live virtual presentation that includes a Q&A with a supercomputing...

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