Neon HPC Cluster Expansion

Racks of neon hpc equipment

Update: Expansion of the Neon system was successfully completed on August 26th, 2014.

The Neon HPC Cluster launched to all campus users on January 6th, 2014. Neon is the second University of Iowa campus collaborative cluster and builds on the success of the Helium HPC Cluster that was originally installed in 2010. The 2500 processor core system includes equipment purchased by thirty different research groups spanning seven colleges. During June 2014 the system averaged over 92% utilization.

As a part of the University of Iowa Informatics Initiative (UI3) the Neon system is being upgraded. These upgrades include:

  • Informatics Queue - 15 256GB Nodes - Dedicated to Informatics Initiative Faculty
  • UI Queue - 48 64GB Nodes (8 with Xeon Phi & 8 with Nvidia K20) - Open to All Users

The upgrade timeline is as follows:

  • August 13th - Neon System Outage - Upgrade Power in Data Center
  • August 18-21st - Neon System Outage - Upgrade System & Install Additional Capacity
  • September 7th - Neon System Upgrade Complete - New Equipment Available for Use

For additional information about the status of the outage associated with the upgrade please visit this page.

More information about the Neon system can be found on the following pages:

If you have questions please contact hpc-sysadmins@iowa.uiowa.edu