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.

Upcoming Changes to /scratch/kingspeak/serial

May 2nd, Noon: Read Only

June 6th, Noon:  Taken offline to be rebuilt

Workshop on being a "Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitator"

Sunday August 7th - Saturday August 13th, 2016

Applications are now open!

/scratch/general/lustre now available for use on ember and lonepeak

XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop Series Event

June 14-17, 2016
Topics covered: OpenMP (shared memory parallelization), OpenACC (GPU programming) and MPI (distributed memory parallelization)

Research Data Services Survey

A Survey to Assist Researchers

For more information, click the link above. Take the Survey

Hadoop Cluster (elephant) down starting March 30th for about 2 weeks

Open Science Grid (OSG) User School 2016

Application Period: Mar 14 - Apr 15, 2016
OSG User School: 25-29 July 2016
Website and brief application:

CHPC on Twitter


Uncovering the secrets of Darwin’s pigeons

Centuries of selective breeding have generated a tremendous diversity among the 300+ breeds of domestic rock pigeon (Columba livia), an organism that Charles Darwin proposed as an exemplary model for evolution under selection. This variation gives us the opportunity to better understand the process of vertebrate development, and to investigate how those processes evolve over time. Until recently, however, the specific molecular mechanisms responsible for phenotypic differences among pigeon breeds were a complete mystery.

To identify genetic changes responsible for novel traits among pigeon breeds, researchers from the Shapiro lab at the University of Utah Department of Biology utilized resources at CHPC to identify genetic differences in the genomes of over 100 diverse pigeons, which were then compared to pinpoint which genetic differences are most-closely associated with specific traits.  These analyses require high performance computing to processes terabytes of genomic data.  Without the large scale computing resources available at CHPC, identifying genetic differences among pigeons would take years, rather than days. Through these studies, surprising links between genes responsible for trait evolution in pigeons and genes responsible for genetic disorders in humans have been found. These results help researchers better understand mechanisms of evolution on a level that Charles Darwin could only have imagined.



System Status

last update: 04/29/16 5:33 pm
General Nodes
system procs % util.
ember 912/1008 90.48%
kingspeak 832/832 100%
lonepeak 236/236 100%
Restricted Nodes
system procs % util.
ash 6276/6276 100%
apexarch Status Unavailable
ember 708/708 100%
kingspeak 4816/4848 99.34%
lonepeak 592/944 62.71%

Cluster Utilization