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...


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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Supercomputing in 360 degrees

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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Troubleshooting Failed HPCC Jobs

If your submitted job has failed, the first thing to investigate is the SLURM output file. Most of the time, the error message in the output file will provide clues for fixing the problem. If not, the next step is to try to run the command in the job script directly on a dev-node. Usually, the...

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Cloud Computing Fellowship Enters Second Phase

The 2021 Cloud Computing Fellows have been hard at work completing the first phase of the fellowship. “The MSU ICER Cloud Computing Fellowship began with a series of group sessions that introduced the fellows to the concept of cloud computing using commercial cloud resources made available through...

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Using Powertools With the HPCC

Powertools is a collection of software tools and examples that allows researchers to better utilize High Performance Computing (HPC) systems. Powertools was created to help advanced users use the High Performance Computer Center (HPCC) more effectively. By default, powertools is loaded when users...

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