IDL 8.2 SP1


IDL 8.2 Service Pack 1 is now available for use. The necessary variables will be set up from within a qlogin session.

Researchers are strongly recommended to run test simulations to ensure reproducibility of results from elsewhere before proceeding ahead with subsequent, production quality attempts.



MCCCS Towhee 7.0.6


MCCCS Towhee 7.0.6, a Monte Carlo molecular simulation code, has been compiled and is now available for use. Necessary job submission script can be generated via qgenscript.

Researchers are strongly recommended to run test simulations to ensure reproducibility of results from elsewhere before proceeding ahead with subsequent, production quality attempts.



CONVERGE 2.1.0


CONVERGE 2.1.0, a computational fluid dynamics software suite, has been installed and is now available for use. Necessary job submission script can be generated via qgenscript.

Researchers specifically licensed and authorized to use this software suite are strongly recommended to run test simulations to ensure reproducibility of results from elsewhere before proceeding ahead with subsequent, production quality attempts.



Annual proactive maintenance


In order to ensure Superior continues to operate consistently at a high level, ITS will be performing proactive maintenance work starting at 8 am on Monday, 5th May 2014.

All nodes -- including the front end, login and storage nodes -- will need to be powered down. Any running simulation at that time will be automatically terminated without further notice.

As such, researchers are requested to complete (or at least checkpoint) their simulations, and transfer any necessary data to a local work station so that analysis, visualization, and manuscript preparation work can still be continued.

Superior will be accessible as before starting at 8 am on Thursday, 8th May 2014.



XSEDE Research Allocation


XSEDE is now accepting Research Allocation Requests for the allocation period, July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The submission period is from March 15, 2014 through April 15, 2014. Interested researchers may review the new XSEDE systems and important policy changes before submitting the request through the XSEDE User Portal.

Researchers needing assistance in writing a proposal can contact it-help@mtu.edu.



VASP 5.3.3 Non-Collinear Spin


A new variant of VASP 5.3.3 that supports Non-Collinear Spin calculations has been compiled and is now available for use. Necessary job submission script can be generated via qgenscript.

Researchers specifically licensed and authorized to use this software suite are strongly recommended to read through the thread on VASP discussion forum and understand what it does before proceeding ahead with subsequent, production quality attempts.



R 3.0.3 (Warm Puppy)


R 3.0.3 (Warm Puppy; Release Notes) has been compiled and is now available for use. Necessary job submission script can be generated via qgenscript.

Researchers are strongly recommended to re-run a previously successful simulation with this newer version and make sure that the results are consistent before proceeding ahead with subsequent, production quality attempts.



Gnuplot 4.6.5


Gnuplot 4.6.5 (Release Notes; Demo) has been compiled and is now available for use.

Researchers interested in integrating plotting features into their work flow may contact it-help@mtu.edu.



MATLAB R2013b


MATLAB R2013b has been installed and is now available for use. Necessary job submission script can be generated via qgenscript.

Researchers are strongly recommended to re-run a previously successful simulation with this newer version and make sure that the results are consistent before proceeding ahead with subsequent, production quality attempts.


Need Help?


Contact it-help@mtu.edu with subject

superior.research: issue title


Including as much information as possible - command sequence/work flow that is causing the issue, as is error messages, screenshots, etc. - will help diagnose and resolve the issue in a timely fashion.


About Superior


Named after the greatest of the great lakes, Lake Superior, and built with Rocks Cluster Distribution 6.1.1 (with CentOS 6.3), Superior is a central high performance computing cluster.

It is used for a variety of research projects including the ones that involve confidential and sponsored data.

It has 1 front end, 2 login nodes, one 48 TB RAID60 NAS node (with 33 TB usable space), 72 CPU compute nodes [each having 16 CPU cores (Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2670 2.60 GHz) and 64 GB RAM] and 5 GPU compute nodes [each having 16 CPU cores (Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2670 2.60 GHz), 64 GB RAM and 4 NVIDIA Tesla M2090 GPUs].

A gigabit ethernet backend network serves the administrative needs of this cluster, and a 56 Gb/s InfiniBand network serves its computing needs.



About Rocks


Rocks Cluster Distribution Originally started by National Partnership for Advanced Computing Infrastructure and San Diego Supercomputer Center and called NPACI Rocks, Rocks Cluster Distribution is aimed at making every aspect (deploy, manage, upgrade and scale) of high performance computing clusters easy.

National Science Foundation Rocks is supported by the National Science Foundation, under grants OCI-0721623 and OCI-1032778.



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