Grants and Acknowledgments
Grant Support Language
Researchers can showcase availability of HPC resources at their disposal while writing competitive grant applications. Availability of centralized high-performance computing service is becoming an increasingly standard requirement for computing-intensive research. Following standard support language can be added in grant applications by researchers looking to secure funding for computing resources in UIC HPCC
Researchers can utilize Extreme, a shared high-performance computing cluster operated jointly by Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) & Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Extreme is a Linux-based cluster that consists of 200 Dell C8000 series nodes with 16 or 20 cores per node, Intel Xeon CPU E5-2670 @ 2.60 GHz having a local memory of 128 GB and two 500 GB on-board hard drives. Nodes can readily exchange data over the dedicated network at the rate of 40 Gbps by utilizing QDR Infiniband network. Extreme also includes three high memory nodes with 32 cores and 1 TB memory each allowing researchers to run high memory jobs more efficiently. Extreme provides a shared Lustre filesystem capacity of 280 TB to researchers enabling faster read-write performance during job processing and 1.1 PB raw persistent storage to researchers to store their data.
UIC researchers can also request access to the SABER (Shared Analytics and Big Data Enterprise Resource) cluster to perform Big Data computations on a per use basis. Research Computing as a Services (RCaaS) is ideal for researchers who require sporadic access to compute resources and do not wish to make an upfront investment in dedicated capacity for their group. This on-demand service can also be used by researchers who are beginning to explore distributed computing or Big Data architectures for their research. Researchers will be charged on a monthly basis based on their node-level (resource-level) utilization for that month.
Both clusters are housed at the Roosevelt Road Building where space, power, and cooling are provided by Administrative Information Technology Services (AITS). Routine checks for backup power, cooling and fire suppression systems are performed in an auditable manner. The cluster is being managed by a strong experienced HPC professional team along with an engaged executive governance board to provide timely and continuous oversights in decision making.
In addition, UIC researchers can request access to UIC’s High-Performance Research Network (HPRNet) that provides them access to dedicated data expressways which in turn connect to other Research and Educations (R&E) data networks, also commonly known as Internet2. HPRNet enables data-intensive scientific collaborations across the world by facilitating bulk data transfers over GridFTP technology.
Please reference Research Computing in any research paper, journal or article that requires authors to cite their resources. Following language can be used by researchers to cite computational resources provided by Research Computing at the University of Illinois at Chicago:
“The authors acknowledge the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER) group at The University of Ilinois at Chicago for providing HPC resources that have contributed to the research results reported within this paper. URL: https://acer.uic.edu”