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Information for New Users

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Overview

Welcome to the TAMU High Performance Research Computing web site. This page is intended to quickly guide new users to:

  • Learn about our resources
  • Request an account on our resources
  • Getting started on our resources
  • Find out about training available for our resources
  • Know where to find more information about our resources

Resources

We make available several hardware resources to our users:

  • Ada, our IBM NeXtScale cluster that runs Linux on nodes with the Intel IvyBridge and Westmere processors. There are also 30 nodes with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs and 9 nodes with Intel PHIs. This is currently our main computational resource.
  • Terra, our Lenovo x86-64 cluster that runs Linux on dual socket nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 2.40GHz 14-core processors. There are also 48 nodes with an NVIDIA K80 accelerator.
  • Curie, our IBM Power7+ cluster that runs Linux on nodes with IBM Power7+ processors.
  • Several HPRC Lab Linux workstations for pre- and post-processing needs.

Once you have access to the HPRC clusters and workstations, there is a variety of pre-installed software available. See the Available Software page for more information.

NOTE: We are unable to provide support for software not installed on our clusters. Furthermore, our ability to provide advanced support for the installed software is limited. If you have a problem, please ask - we will try to find a solution or support contact for you.

Requesting an Account

The computer systems managed by HPRC are available for use to university faculty, staff, and students who require large-scale computing capabilities. Access to and use of such systems is permitted only for academic research and instructional activity. All other use is strictly prohibited without the approval of the High Performance Research Computing allocation committee. Consult our policies page for more information.

Please visit our account applications page to begin applying for an account on our systems. Consult our account allocation policy for more information.


Once your account is approved, you can activate your available accounts at the Account Management System (AMS). Online documentation for AMS is available here.

For External Users

HPRC resources are available for use to external users who are actively collaborating with TAMU faculty or staff. HPRC supports TAMU researchers to stimulate the formation of collaborations with outside entities.

Accounts for users at not-for-profit external entities are not charged for usage, but may be added as sub-accounts under a TAMU faculty or staff Principal Investigator (PI).

Accounts for users at commercial for-profit entities are offered at commercial cost recovery rates (six cents per CPU core hour). TAMU faculty or staff who are collaborating with and supported by external for-profit entities are NOT subject to the commercial rate schedule, however, charges are made for usage by their external collaborators. Industry users will have to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HPRC to use HPRC resources. Users must apply for and receive their own accounts and may NOT be added as sub-accounts under a TAMU faculty or staff PI.

Determination of active collaboration with external entities and persons will be made annually, and when the TAMU collaborating PI asserts that a collaboration has ended. External users are expected to follow HPRC guidelines with respect to acknowledgement of support for their work.

For Visiting Scholars, Affiliates, and Collaborators

At a bare minimum, you will need a TAMU assigned NetID. This provides login access to the TAMU campus and the HPRC clusters. The issuance of NetIDs is controlled by the TAMU Identity Office.

There are two types of NetIDs available for non-TAMU researchers.

  1. A Guest NetID, which will provide quick, but temporary, access to TAMU resources. This is best for short term use. Sponsoring professor required. A Guest NetID is good for short term consulting from vendors/suppliers and others. Long term collaborators should get a "supported" NetID.
  1. A "supported" NetID -- this requires a sponsor as well but provides a longer term login and access to TAMU wireless networks for those that visit the campus. In addition to a sponsor (PI), the Division of Research requires that collaborators using HPRC resources file a visiting scholars report. Users will need to apply for a Basic account to get started using HPRC resources. From there, their sponsoring PI can provide them "Service Units" (SUs=CPUs x hours) for use.

Getting Started

After activating your accounts, consult our guide for accessing our resources. If you are new to working in a Unix or Linux environment, consult our introduction to UNIX and our guide to basic Unix commands.

Once logged into our resources, consult the README file in your home directory for an introduction to our systems. For more information, please consult our user guides for our systems.

Training, Documentation, and Consulting

Full page: User Training Resources

New users are strongly encouraged to attend our shortcourses which are typically offered during the spring and fall semesters. We also provide and maintain a set of user guides with more in-depth information about using each system and other documentation that should be useful for all of our systems. If you run into any trouble, we also have a FAQ page with some of the most common issues we see and their solutions. If you need assistance with using our systems, our helpdesk is available during normal business.

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