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CHPC - Research Computing and Data Support for the University

In addition to deploying and operating high performance computational resources and providing advanced user support and training, CHPC serves as an expert team to broadly support the increasingly diverse research computing and data needs on campus. These needs include support for big data, big data movement, data analytics, security, virtual machines, Windows science application servers, protected environments for data mining and analysis of protected health information, and advanced networking.

If you are new to CHPC, the best place to start to get more information on CHPC resources and policies is our Getting Started page.

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CHPC Protected Environment

Health science research projects often require access to restricted data in a large scale computing environment, necessitating an environment where this work can be done securely. In 2009, CHPC collaborated with groups from the University of Utah's Department of Biomedical Informatics, working with the university's Information Security and Compliance offices, to develop a prototype protected environment (PE) framework to provide a secure and compliant computing environment for this work. This prototype has been very successful and has grown in scope. The original PE included an HPC cluster, storage, a dedicated statistics Windows server, and a VM farm. You can read about the original PE in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. CHPC isolated this protected environment in the secured University of Utah Downtown Data Center and set up a network protected logical partition that provided research groups specific access to individual data sets. As the environment and technology developed, CHPC added additional security features such as two-factor authentication for entry and audit/monitoring.

CHPC, through the award of an NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant in April 2017, replaced this prototype environment with a larger, more secure environment—and one that is scalable and expandable such that it will be capable of providing a platform for the next generation of NIH computations research. Along with the original components listed above, the refreshed PE has expanded capabilities including high-speed data transfer, built-in disk encryption, additional security and log analyses including a SIEM solution, and an integrated archive service based on a software encrypted Ceph object-store. The new PE is supporting not only the previous usage modalities, but is also securely supporting projects involving human genomic data, as well as new collaborative efforts working to combine genomics with clinical EMR and PHI data, data from the Utah Population Database, and other data to enable personalized medicine research.

System Status

General Environment

last update: 2023-06-07 16:43:07
General Nodes
system cores % util.
kingspeak 961/988 97.27%
notchpeak 1118/3212 34.81%
lonepeak 3268/3284 99.51%
Owner/Restricted Nodes
system cores % util.
ash 1500/3832 39.14%
notchpeak 16160/16364 98.75%
kingspeak 5320/5500 96.73%
lonepeak 16/416 3.85%

Protected Environment

last update: 2023-06-07 16:40:04
General Nodes
system cores % util.
redwood 9/588 1.53%
Owner/Restricted Nodes
system cores % util.
redwood 236/6084 3.88%

Cluster Utilization

Last Updated: 6/5/23