Getting started on Big Red II
Big Red II is Indiana University's main system for high-performance parallel computing. With a theoretical peak performance (Rpeak) of one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second (1 petaFLOPS) and a maximal achieved performance (Rmax) of 596.4 teraFLOPS, Big Red II is among the world's fastest research supercomputers. Owned and operated solely by IU, Big Red II is designed to accelerate discovery in a wide variety of fields, including medicine, physics, fine arts, and global climate research, and enable effective analysis of large, complex data sets (i.e., big data).
On this page:
- System overview
- Accounts, access, and user policies
- Programming environment
- Running jobs
- X forwarding and interactive jobs
- Application-specific help
- Getting help
Accounts, access, and user policies
- System access
- What are my responsibilities as a computer user at IU?
- Policies regarding UITS research systems
- Working with data containing PHI
- Using Modules to manage your software environment
- Available software
- Cray native mode (ESM) and Cluster Compatibility Mode (CCM)
- Compiling C, C++, and Fortran programs on Big Red II at IU
- Compiling Java programs on Big Red II at IU
- Using CUDA on Big Red II
- Queue information
- Running batch jobs on Big Red II
- Running OpenMP or hybrid OpenMP/MPI jobs
- Using PCP to bundle multiple serial jobs to run them in parallel
- Monitoring memory and CPU usage
- Using the IU Cyberinfrastructure Gateway to monitor batch jobs on Big Red II
X forwarding and interactive jobs
- ARPACK - numerical library
- CPMD - molecular dynamics software
- GAUSS - matrix programming language
- GROMACS - molecular dynamics software
- MATLAB - numerical computing environment
- NAMD - molecular dynamics software
- SAS - statistics software
- Stata - statistics software
- Subversion - version-control software
- WRF - weather research and forecasting model
- If you have a system-specific question about Big Red II, Karst, Mason, or the Research Database Complex (RDC) contact the High Performance Systems (HPS) team.
- If you have questions about the Scholarly Data Archive (SDA), contact the Research Storage team.
- If you have questions about shared scratch or project space on the Data Capacitor II or Data Capacitor Wide Area Network (DC-WAN) file system, contact the High Performance File Systems (HPFS) team.
- If you have questions about the development tools, compilers, scientific or numerical libraries, or debuggers available on the research computing system, contact the Scientific Applications and Performance Tuning (SciAPT) team.
- If you have questions about the statistical and mathematical applications available on the research computing systems, contact the Research Analytics group.
- If you have questions about the bioinformatics and genome analysis packages available on the research computing systems, email the National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS).
For general inquiries about UITS Research Technologies systems and services, complete and submit the Research Technologies request for help form.
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