High-performance computing (HPC) upgrades 

In response to community feedback collected during two open forums last spring, a request for purchase was issued and an award was granted in July. This has allowed us to make the following upgrades to the Argon HPC environment: 

Hardware: Argon will soon increase its power by 40 percent, with double the number of graphics processing units (GPUs). Up to eight GPUs will be available on a single system. The new hardware will be available in October 2019, and its warranty runs through October 2024. For more details, or to purchase a dedicated compute node, visit the Research Services website

Software: Argon’s software stack is now more flexible and agile than ever before. Fall 2019 updates were loaded to an environment module which allows new and old application versions to coexist in the stack. Initially, new compiler and OpenMPI versions were added, with Python-2 and Python-3 updates. Additional packages will be added in the future. For instructions on loading the environment module, visit the Research Services website


Please contact research-computing@uiowa.edu