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Hosting a Credit-Bearing Class with HPRC Resources


Texas A&M High Performance Research Computing often receives requests to support courses at Texas A&M which require the use of High Performance Research Computing Resources. Professors are strongly encouraged to reach out to High Performance Research Computing for assistance in the administration of accounts for students enrolled in such classes. For more in-depth information on who can apply which type of accounts, as well as information pertaining to different types of accounts, please refer to the Resource Allocation Policy on our website. For information regarding the TAMU HPRC clusters and guides for configuring your SSH client, see the Detailed Access page.


Application for Accounts

Instructors teaching the courses should instruct their students to individually apply for Basic accounts via the Account Management System on our website. When applying, students should list the instructor as their PI and indicate that the account will be used in connection with that specific course. Basic accounts typically take 2-3 business days to process and approve.

As with all Basic accounts, students will be allocated 5,000 SU's. If additional SU's are required by a student, their PI will be responsible for sub-allocating SU's from an eligible Startup or Research Account.Per policy, HPRC cannot allocate additional SU's to Basic accounts.

Instructor Responsibilities

Instructors are highly encouraged to apply for a Startup account.

Instructors should, as early as possible, supply High Performance Research Computing with a list of students enrolled in their class to be used for validation of student applications.

Instructors are also responsible for supplying additional SU's to students who deplete their Basic allocation of 5,000 SU's. These additional SU's must be sub-allocated from a Startup or Research Account in the name of the Instructor who was listed as the PI of the student.

It is also the responsibility of the Instructor to provide HPRC, by the official census date for the corresponding semester, with a list of students who have dropped the course.

Instructors are also highly encouraged to inform HPRC of any critical dates for class projects that need a particular cluster (to help us schedule cluster maintenance accordingly).

Student Responsibilities

Students are encouraged to read the appropriate system guide.

Each student must apply for their own individual basic account.

NOTE: A student may only have ONE basic account per fiscal year. If a student already has a basic account with HPRC, there is no need to apply for an account for use with their class.

Students should familiarize themselves with the basic usage policies of the machines.

List of Classes using HPRC Resources

• BCBP 689 Big Data Fundamentals (HPRC 15 minute presentation Jan 18, 2018)

• BIOL 647-600: Digital Biology

• BIOL 650-600: Genomics (Galaxy interface) (HPRC 15 minute presentation Jan 17, 2018)

• BMEN 443/689 Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering Laboratory

• CPSC 659: Parallel and Distributed Numerical Algorithms

• GENE 689-600: Bioinformatics Command Line

• GENE 689-601: Metagenomics Data Analysis

• PHYS 619 Modern Computational Physics

• STAT 689: Large-Scale Inference & Covariance Estimation