Announcing XSEDE Campus Champion at Harvey Mudd College

893,000 SUs (Service Units = wallclock runtime multiplied by the number of cores) on several supercomputer facilities are now available to our researchers, faculty and students free of charge. In our ongoing efforts to provide a spectrum of high-performance computing resources to our community, CIS has signed up to participate in the XSEDE Campus Champion program and received almost 900 thousand SUs from national supercomputing centers. The SUs can be used to test various scientific applications that our faculty and students run for their research projects or for their classes. The Campus Champion at HMC will help install, set up, and test research applications on different facilities and provide any necessary on-campus support for using the XSEDE resources. The Campus Champion at Harvey Mudd is the Scientific Computing Specialist, Dr. Jeho Park at CIS.

What is XSEDE?

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. Scientists and engineers around the world use these resources and services—things like supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools—to make us all healthier, safer, and better off. XSEDE, and the experts who lead the program, will make these resources easier to use and help more people use them. Click here for more information.

What does the XSEDE Campus Champion Program do for Harvey Mudd?

The Campus Champion Program at HMC will serve as a:

  • Source of local, regional and national high-performance computing and cyberinfrastructure information on our campus
  • Source of information regarding XSEDE resources and services that will benefit research and education on our campus
  • Source of start-up accounts on your campus to quickly get researchers and educators using their allocations of time on XSEDE resources, and
  • Conduit for the campus high-performance computing needs, requirements and challenges, with direct access to XSEDE staff.

With the XSEDE Campus Champion allocations, HMC can now offer easy access to various supercomputers so that our researchers can test their applications and experience the benefits of using the supercomputers. Once the applications are tested, the Campus Champion will help the researchers get a “Startup” allocation (up to 200,000 SUs) which may be used up by the researchers (or the research team) for a year. If the research project needs more time and allocations, the PI(s) of the project will then be helped to apply for a “Research” allocation that is usually a multi-year allocation with a substantially larger amount of SUs than the Startup allocation. All these resources are provided to the researchers with free of charge by the NSF-funded XSEDE program. The Campus Champion at HMC is the local person who can help our researchers take the opportunity more easily. So please feel free to stop Jeho in a hallway and ask about the XSEDE Campus Champion Program. You are also welcome to contact our Helpdesk (helpdesk@hmc.edu) for any inquiries about the XSEDE resources.

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