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ACER Launches HPC Partnership Program, Offers New Computational Resources for Researchers

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To provide UIC researchers engaged in computing- and/or data-intensive research, visualization, AI and machine learning, etc., with state-of-the-art, professionally-administered high performance computing systems (HPC), Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER) is happy to announce the launch of the HPC Partnership (A.K.A. Condo) Program. This launch, made possible by UIC leadership’s investments under the Forward Initiative Program, gives researchers the convenience of having their own dedicated computational resources on an HPC cluster, without the burden of purchasing, securing and maintaining the resources themselves.

Computing and data are an integral part of scientific discovery and the scholarly process.

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To kick off this program, we are now taking requests for hardware allocations on a newly built HPC cluster, scheduled to go online this Summer. The deadline for node purchases in Spring 2023 is Friday, April 28th. After this initial purchase, additional calls for resources will be made on a quarterly basis. More details on the Partnership program, architecture and ordering information can be found here.

This new cluster will complement another newly launched service, the AWS HPC Cloud Cluster, which combines the computational power of a traditional HPC system with the convenience and flexibility of the AWS Cloud. Researchers working with sensitive datasets such as ePHI (electronic personal health information) and other types of high risk data can request computational resources on our on-campus and Azure cloud SCE environments.

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We would like to also bring to your attention the introduction of several new data storage solutions for the UIC research community in the coming months. These storage solutions will address several pressing needs for the campus including long-term archival, general-purpose research, and high-performance active data storage. We will be providing more details regarding these storage offerings shortly.

If you would like further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact ACER at