CHPC - Research Computing 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 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. Visit our Getting Started page for more information.

Introduction to Profiling

Location: INSCC Auditorium
Date: Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2015
Time: 1-2 p.m.

Latest CHPC Newsletter - Fall 2015 

Blue Waters Internships

Posted November 9th

OpenACC workshop registration now open

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 2015
For more details and to register please see:

Allocation Requests for Winter 2016 quarter due September 1, 2015

1. Information on the allocation process and relevant forms are located online here:

2. Your request may be for up to 4 quarters.

3. Please submit your request through our online system by going here:

ATTN: users who samba mount CHPC file systems

On Tuesday November 10th starting at 11am  CHPC staff will be making a change in how the authentication to samba mounted spaces is handled.   This process  will take 2-3 hours and during this window users may experience failures during the authentication step when initiating a mount.  If this happens, please wait a few minutes and try again.

CHPC Data Center Tours: Nov 5th and Dec 3rd, 2015 

CHPC is going to start offering tours of the University of Utah Downtown Data Center where most of our production systems reside. The tours are limited to 20 people, and depending on continued interest we may schedule more in the future.Eventbrite - UofU Downtown Data Center Tour 

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 News History...


A New Role for Proteins

DNA encodes RNAs and RNAs encode proteins. This flow of cellular information is commonly referred to as the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology. However, a team of researchers discovered a notable exception to this rule where a protein can direct the synthesis of another protein, without an RNA template. This unusual mode of protein synthesis only occurs after normal protein synthesis has failed and appears to send a distress signal to the cell that something has gone awry.

The researchers first detected template-free protein synthesis by visualizing it directly by using a technique known as electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM). The image analysis, performed on the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing cluster, required processing hundreds of thousands of 2D images to compute a 3D reconstruction of the cellular assembly. Once the researchers analyzed the structure and performed follow-up biochemical experiments, they knew they had stumbled upon an unexpected discovery. "In this case, we have a protein playing a role similar to that filled by messenger RNA," says Adam Frost, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and adjunct professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, who led the research team. "I love this story because it blurs the lines of what we thought proteins could do."  This work was featured in the January 2, 2015 issue of Science.

System Status

last update: 11/30/15 2:43 am
General Nodes
system procs % util.
ember 972/1008 96.43%
kingspeak 456/832 54.81%
lonepeak 256/256 100%
Restricted Nodes
system procs % util.
ash 4044/6220 65.02%
apexarch 136/152 89.47%
ember 0/708 0%
kingspeak 1776/3920 45.31%
lonepeak 672/992 67.74%

Cluster Utilization