High Performance Computing

New Scratch File System Structure as of August 21, 2017

/share, /share2, and /share3 have been replaced with new scratch file system.

Major Changes

  • Group quotas have been increased to 10TB for /share
  • Each HPC Project (group) has a group writable directory /share/group_name
  • /share is no longer world writable
  • Purge has increased from 21 days to 30 days (files will remain in /scratch space without being accessed for 30 days)

Just as previously /share is not backed up and is intended to be used for temporary storage of files being actively used.

High Performance Computing Services

OIT High Performance Computing (HPC) services provide NC State students and faculty entry and medium level high performance computing resources and consulting support for research and instruction.

HPC projects are available to all NC State faculty members on request. There is no charge from OIT for HPC projects. Once a project is established any number of Unity IDs can be authorized for access to HPC resources under that project (however a Unity ID can only be under one project at any given time).

HPC resources are regularly expanded and enhanced. Currently all HPC projects have capability to run jobs using up to 128 processor cores up to 48 hours and smaller jobs up to a week. These limits are frequently updated... so these should be considered as the minimum capability available.

The HPC resources also include nodes with attached GPUs and a set of nodes available for general use with InfiniBand interconnect for message passing.

Many of the Linux cluster compute nodes have been added by faculty partners. These additions provide additional computational capability for the partners and their groups and also provide additional capacity for campus when not being used by the partners.

Explore the links on the left side of the page to learn more about the HPC services available and to request or manage a project.