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Welcome the Smithsonian Institution High Performance Computing Wiki.

This Wiki holds information for the use of HPC resources at the Smithsonian.

Central to the SI HPC resources is the Smithsonian Institution High Performance Cluster (SI/HPC), named Hydra.

  • High performance computing is administered by the Office of Research Computing.
  • The OCIO data center in Herndon, VA houses the high performance computing cluster, Hydra.

What's New

  • March 1 2019
    • IDL version 8.7.2 is now available on Hydra.

      Use "module load idl/8.7.2" to access it. Currently, the default IDL version remains 8.5 (module load idl), and version 8.7 (module load idl/8.7) still points to 8.7.1.


  • Reminders
    • All public disks (/pool and /scratch only) are scrubbed once a week. 

      Reasonable requests to restore scrubbed files must be sent no later than the following Friday, by 5pm.

    • If  you have any questions or encounter any problems, email:

       SI-HPC-Admin@si.edufor sys-admin related issues,
      SI-HPC@si.edufor Bioinformatic/Genomics questions,
      hpc@cfa.harvard.edufor SAO users who need help.
  • Past news with more details can be found at the What's New page.

 FYI

  • References to Hydra (publications, proposals, etc) should mention the cluster as:
the Smithsonian Institution High Performance Cluster (SI/HPC).

Last updated  / PBF/SGK/MPK.

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