Storrs

Background

High Performance Computing (HPC) resources on the Storrs campus are offered through University Information Technology Services (UITS). The facility’s cluster serves as the catalyst for research in computationally intensive disciplines, in alignment with the university’s ambitious initiatives – UConn Technology Park, Next Generation Connecticut, and Bioscience Connecticut. Cluster usage has grown dramatically each year since the cluster was deployed in 2011. In calendar year 2016 alone, researchers consumed over 3,600 years of compute cycles.

Service Delivery

All members of the UConn research community are welcome to use the cluster’s resources. Access to cluster resources is provided through a prioritized queuing system. Low priority access to resources is provided at no cost to researchers. High priority access is available under a “condo model”, where faculty are able to purchase semi-dedicated nodes which get made available to all users when there are unused compute cycles.

About the Condo Model

Under the “condo model”, faculty researchers fund the capital equipment costs of individual compute nodes, while the university funds the operating costs of running these nodes for five years. Faculty who purchase compute nodes receive access to equivalent resources at a higher priority than other researchers. The faculty can designate others to receive access at the same priority level, such as their graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, etc. With priority access, computational jobs are moved to the front of the queuing system and are guaranteed to begin execution within twelve hours. A priority user can utilize their resources indefinitely. All access to resources is managed through the cluster’s job scheduler. When a priority user is not using their assigned resources, the nodes are made available to all UConn researchers for general use.

For more information about participating in the condo model, please contact hpc@uconn.edu.