How_do_you_get_an_account?

Overview

We have two distinct HPC platforms at Mines:

For machine details, see http://geco.mines.edu/prototype/What_do_we_have/.

BlueM

BlueM actually has two separate compute platforms AuN.mines.edu and Mc2.mines.edu. AuN (Golden) and Mc2 (energy) share a file system and are accessed through the frontend machine, BlueM.

Mio

Mio is a shared resource funded in part by the Mines Administration and in part by money from individual researchers. Mio came on line March 2010. Initially it was a relatively small cluster dedicated to a single group of research projects. Mio grew quickly into a supercomputing class machine, now bigger than AuN.

Mines funds provide the infrastructure; individual researchers can purchase compute nodes that are added to the cluster. The researchers own their nodes, that is, they have exclusive access when they need them. A number of the nodes were purchased using TechFee money so they belong to students.

Getting Accounts

Mio

A researcher who owns nodes on Mio can add people to the machine by emailing hpcinfo@mines.edu. Researchers who do not own nodes are not allowed to access Mio.

Students who are not currently working for a professor can also email hpcinfo@mines.edu. Students who are working for a professor are not allowed to get Mio accounts unless their professor owns nodes. This is to prevent a professor from getting free access to a machine for which others have paid.

Information about purchasing nodes can also be obtained via hpcinfo@mines.edu. The most recent (Feb 2016) specs for nodes are:

BlueM

Access to BlueM is via a proposal process. We periodically have a call for proposals. In between calls researchers can still request an account by filling out the form at http://petra.mines.edu/proposal/index.html. Only faculty are allowed to request accounts. After the account is granted they can request that their students be authorized to have an account also.