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High-Performance Computing, Year in Review 2017

Implemented a new HPC system

New HPC system consolidated 188 HPC servers from 6 campus units
  • Commissioned a new HPC system, Argon, in February 2017, enabling consolidation of 188 HPC servers from six units on campus: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Psychology, Physics and Astronomy, and Iowa Advanced Technology Labs.
  • Argon replaced the aging Helium system, which was decommissioned in December 2017.

80% average utilization rate for the new HPC system

Increased collaboration with researchers and departments

  • The project resulted in greater collaboration between Information Technology Services Research Services and various researchers and departments, which developed over the course of consolidations. This allows for more open dialogue, sharing of knowledge and best practices, and reduction in overhead of resources.

Savings in utilities and staff time

  • Total estimated savings of the project is $280,000 to $310,000 per year, including significant utility cost savings from reducing the number of clusters on campus and retiring the old system, streamlining the HPC account-provisioning process, and reducing the amount of staff time required to manage HPC systems.

Closed Out

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The project was completed in April 2017.