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Since High Performance Research Computing (HPRC), formerly Supercomputing Facility, was created in 1989, our group has been dedicated to be a resource for research and discovery at Texas A&M University. We support more than 1,000 users including more than 150 faculty members. Our users use our computing resources for cutting edge, collaborative, and transformative research including, but not limited to, materials development, quantum optimization, and climate prediction. We will continue to promote emerging computing technology to researchers, and assist them in using it for research and discovery.

Our Mission

HPRC's mission is to enable research and discoveries that advance sciences and technologies. HPRC deploys and operates advanced computing and data resources to enable computational and data-enabled research activities of students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M University. HPRC also provides consulting, technical documentation, and training to support users of these resources.

Our Resources

The HPRC group currently administers 4 HPC clusters totaling 772 TF in peak performance with 11 PB high- performance storage systems. The HPRC production environment consists of Intel Xeon based clusters of 304 and 874 nodes, and two IBM Power7+ 50-node and 25-node constellations. Ada, a hybrid CPU/GPU/PHI system, includes 68 NVIDIA K20 GPUs supporting applications already ported to GPUs, and 24 Intel Xeon Phi 5110P co-processors supporting applications benefiting from Knights Corner Phi cards. Two data transfer nodes of the Ada cluster are connected by 40 Gb/s to campus network. Terra, a heterogeneous Intel Broadwell cluster with an Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) interconnect, has 48 NVIDIA K80 GPUs. The HPRC resources can be seen at http://hprc.tamu.edu/systems/. If you need a facility file with more details for your grant application, please contact us.

The HPRC group has 13 full-time staff and 2 student workers who support hundreds of software and help users to install their own software. Moreover, the HPRC group provides user consultation including grant proposal writing assistance and program development for research.

Contact Information

Help Desk

  • User consulting
    • Preferred contact (this gives us all a chance to examine the problem)
    • Other ways of reaching us (unfortunately, this usually limits us to one on one contact)
      • 114A Henderson Hall (222 Jones St. [behind the ILSB building])
      • (979) 845-0219

Administrative Contact

HPRC Fax

  • (979) 847-8643

Mailing Address

TAMU HPRC
222 Jones St
Building #0425, Mail Stop 3361
College Station, TX 77843-3361

Directions

See links above for maps of our locations on campus.

If you are coming from out of town and would like directions to the campus itself, see this page.

If you are a non-TAMU visitor and need to park your vehicle in the vicinity of our building, please contact us for parking information.

For more information on visitor parking and the locations of these garages, click here.

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HPRC Governance

Mission

HPRC is an interdisciplinary research center within the Division of Research under the general direction of the Vice President for Research. The HPRC Resource Allocation Committee (HPRC-RAC) is charged with allocating the HPRC resources at Texas A&M and reports its activities and recommendations to the VPR.

HPRC-RAC Members


For Committee Members

Administrative Portal (restricted)

Organization

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HPRC Staff

Contacting our staff

The preferred point of contact for all of the below is help@hprc.tamu.edu... that keeps us all informed of any issues users are having.

HPRC Organization

Name Title Email Office
Honggao Liu Director honggao @ tamu.edu Henderson 115A
Rick McMullen Associate Director mcmullen @ tamu.edu Henderson 107
Francis Dang HPRC Systems Manager francis @ tamu.edu Henderson 106
Dhruva Chakravorty HPRC User Services Manager chakravorty @ tamu.edu Henderson 102
Kathy Greene Administrative Coordinator kpilgrim @ tamu.edu Henderson 115B

HPRC Systems

Name Title Email Office
Francis Dang HPRC Systems Manager francis @ tamu.edu Henderson 106
Mark Huang Systems Administrator IV tmarkhuang @ tamu.edu Henderson 105
Jack Perdue Systems Administrator III j-perdue @ tamu.edu Henderson 109
Keith Jackson System Administrator II kjackson @ hprc.tamu.edu Henderson 104

HPRC User Services

Name Title Email Office
Dhruva Chakravorty HPRC User Services Manager chakravorty @ tamu.edu Henderson 102
Ping Luo End User Support Specialist IV pingluo @ hprc.tamu.edu Henderson 101A
Marinus Pennings End User Support Specialist IV pennings @ tamu.edu Henderson 114B
Michael Dickens Research Scientist cmdickens @ tamu.edu Henderson 101B
Derek Rodriguez GANT (Help Desk) help @ hprc.tamu.edu Henderson 114A
Crystal Buchanan Student Worker (Help Desk) help @ hprc.tamu.edu Henderson 114A
Dylan Rodriguez Student Worker (Help Desk) help @ hprc.tamu.edu Henderson 114A

HPRC Enablement

Name Title Email Office
Rick McMullen Associate Director mcmullen @ tamu.edu Henderson 107
Yang Liu Associate Research Scientist yangliu @ tamu.edu Henderson 108
Lisa M. Perez Research Scientist mouse@tamu.edu Chemistry (CHAN) 2109, Henderson 101 (M 1-3pm)
Jian Tao TEES Research Scientist jtao @ tamu.edu WEB 235-I, Henderson 101 (Mon only)

HPRC History

Titles

Title Era
TAMU Supercomputing Facility circa 199x to 2014
TAMU High Performance Research Computing circa 2014 to present

Clusters

Name System Configuration Active years Location Notes:
"Cray YMP" Cray Y-MP2/116
  • 1 (out of 2) vector processor active only
  • 16 MB of vector memory
  • 8 64-word (64-bit) vector registers
  • 6 nanosec clock
  • Peak MFLOP/s 333
1989 - 1994-5+
(installation: July 31 - Nov 1989)
Zachry, 1st floor "Crystal Palace" No name was used then; users could not log onto the YMP directly (only sysadmins could) and used a front-end VMS-based 16-core shared memory system to submit jobs, instead.
A Commemorative Look: 20 years empowering research & discovery (2009 user meeting)
Terminator 24 processor SGI Power Challenge 10000 XL 1995 - 2000 Teague The name was chosen by the director at the time.
hardware description: SGI Power Challenge Hardware (captured on 01/18/1997)
Terminator upgrade (captured on 07/03/1997)
Apocalypse SGI 12/18/1996 - 6/3/1997 Teague loaner machine from SGI
News about apocalypse (captured on 07/03/1997)
Cyclops 8 processor Cray J90 10/22/1996 - 2002 Teague
Titan 32 processor SGI Origin 2000 1998 - 2006
(installation: July 1998;
active at least Jan 25, 1999)
Teague hardware description: SGI Origin 2000 (captured on 08/17/2000)
K2 64 processor SGI Origin 3800 2001 - 2008
(nstallation: June 2001)
Teague hardware description: SGI Origin 3800 (captured on 2001/11/19)
Agave 32 processor IBM Regatta p690 Oct 2002 - 2008
(installation: Summer 2002;
friendly user mode: Aug 2002)
Teague hardware announcement/schedule (captured on 2002/08/06)
Cosmos 128 processor SGI Altix 3700 2004 - 2009
(installation: Feb 2004)
Teague hardware description: SGI Altix 3700 (captured on 2005/12/29)
Hydra 832 cores, 52 compute nodes (originally was 640 cores, 40 compute nodes) IBM p5-575 Cluster 1600 (Only 48 nodes were attached to the HPS switch after the expansion in 2009) 2006 - 2013 Teague hardware description: IBM p5-575 Cluster 1600 (captured on 2007/07/09]
Eos 3088 cores, 362 compute nodes (originally was 2512 cores, 314 compute nodes before 2011 expansion) IBM iDataPlex cluster 2010 - 2016 Teague Eos was named after the Greek goddess of dawn (known as Aurora to the Romans) in the hopes it could shine new light on research at Texas A&M.
Ada Configuration: see our systems page 2014 - present Teague Ada is named after Lady Ada Lovelace, collaborator of Charles Babbage on developing their Analytical Engine a descendant of his Difference Engine, which are two of the earliest "modern" computers. Lady Ada conceived of her work as poetical science, even though her mother tried hard to divert her away from the poetical influences of her father, Lord Byron (as told by the author of Mathematica).
Curie Configuration: see our systems page 2014 - present Wehner Curie is named after Marie Curie who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.
Neumann IBM BG/Q - 32768 cores, 2048 nodes 2014 - 2016 IBM data center, Rochester, Minnesota Neumann was named after John von Neumann who's many works helped define computers as we understand them today.
Crick Configuration: see our systems page 2014 - present Wehner Crick is named after Francis Crick, who, together with partner James Watson, unravelled the secrets of DNA.
Terra Configuration: see our systems page 2016 - present Teague Terra was named given the Latin (Roman) name for what the Earth Observation Satellite (EOS) spends most its time looking at (due to its funding). We had already used Eos [above] so...

Directors (or Associate Directors)

Name(s) Era
Bahram Nassersharif (manager: Michael Bolton) 1989 - 1993
Dave Safford 1993 - 1997
Khalid Sarwar Warraich 1997 - 2000
Spiros Vellas 2000 - Jan 2016
Honggao Liu Jan 2016 - present

Office locations

Location(s) Era
Wisenbaker (WERC) basement 1989 - 1994
2nd floor Teague: 1994 - 2007
  • offices and help desk in 227(C) and 203(A, B, and C); share office with networking group
  • office in portion of 225 during the first few years
1994 - 2007
104 Teague 4/30/2007 - 02/11/2016
TAES 103 (helpdesk)
GSC 23xx (staff)
02/11/2016 - 08/17/2016
Henderson Hall (first floor) 08/18/2016 - present

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