We have two distinct HPC platforms at Mines:
For machine details, see http://geco.mines.edu/prototype/What_do_we_have/.
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 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.
A researcher who owns nodes on Mio can add people to the machine by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Researchers who do not own nodes are not allowed to access Mio.
Students who are not currently working for a professor can also email email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The most recent (Feb 2016) specs for nodes are:
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.