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High Performance & Scientific Computing

Academic Resources



The High Performance & Scientific Computing (HPSC) group can assist instructors at the University of Tennessee teaching academic courses by providing access to computing resources for student use for courses including access to reserved compute nodes, GPU nodes, and storage space. Academic resources can be provided by OIT HPSC on two clusters, ISAAC Next Generation (ISAAC-NG) and ISAAC Legacy, depending on the needs of the class. In general, ISAAC-NG has the newest Intel-based compute resources (up to Ice Lake), GPU nodes with Intel processors and NVIDIA V100 GPUs, many software components including Intel and Gnu compilers and libraries, petabyte-scale Lustre file system storage capabilities, and services such as OSC’s Open OnDemand which supports web-based cluster resource access including Jupyter notebooks.

The current list of compute resources on ISAAC-NG can be found here. ISAAC-NG has: two “regular” GPU nodes with 48 Intel cores, 192 gigabytes of memory, and two NVIDIA V100 GPUs; seven “large” GPU nodes with 48 Intel cores, 768 gigabytes of memory, and one NVIDIA V100 GPU; and one “very large” GPU node with 64 Intel cores, 1 terabyte of memory, four NVIDIA A40 GPUs, and 54 terabytes of NVME for scratch space. The very large GPU would only be available for short reservations and not reservations spanning the entire semester.

Instructions to request the resources for academic course purposes are summarized as the following:

Step I: Submit a resources ticket request that includes the following:

  • Course number and course name;
  • Dedicated computing resources (e.g. number of CPUs, GPUs, etc.);
  • Start and end time of the reservation for the computing resources;
  • (Optional) List of software packages needed for the class;
  • (Optional) If assistance is needed in preparing HPC-related materials for the course;
  • (Optional) Any other support needed.

A new class project with 1 TB of storage space will be created for the current semester’s course by default, even if there is already a project for the same course from the previous semester. Instructors can ask for more as needed.

Step II: Ask the class participants to request an ISAAC account and go through the recordings of Workshops and Trainings to get an overview of using ISAAC. This is important because having an active ISAAC account is the prerequisite for a user accessing the class project.

Step III: After official class registration closes, update the ticket created in step one by uploading the class roster (in.csv or.txt format), including the student name and UT NetId. Each member of the class roster will have access to a class project, and all currently active class members will share the storage of the class project.

Step IV: Join Us on Zoom for any of the HPSC “Office Hours”, which is listed on the HPSC website, for any further assistance or request to schedule an ad-hoc Zoom meeting at other times.

(Note: only authenticated users will be able to enter the Zoom session)

By default, access to the class project will end after the completion of the current semester unless prior arrangements are made.

List of courses supported in the past.

OIT HPSC Academic Course Support Report

Fall 2023

CourseCourse DescriptionProjectInstructorReserved Nodes/CoresStudent CountJobs
PHYS 441Computational PhysicsISAAC-UTK0246Yang Zhang1 Node/48 cores/1 GPU
PHYS 251Fundamentals of Physics ISAAC-UTK0245Tova Ray Holmes1 Node/64 cores
PHYS 311MechanicsISAAC-UTK0242Lawrence Lee1 Node/64 cores
NE 402Nuclear Engineering LaboratoryISAAC-UTK0236Sandra Bogetic——
CHEM
123/133
General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110A. Hatab——

Spring/Summer 2023

CourseCourse DescriptionProjectInstructorReserved Nodes/CoresStudent countJobs
ENVE 691Special Topics in Environmental EngineeringISAAC-UTK0222Joshua Fu1 node/56 cores40
PHYS 594Intro to Particle PhysicsISAAC-
UTK0219
Tova Ray Holmes1 node/48 cores2112
PHYS 494/594Intro to Machine LearningISAAC-UTK0215Adrian Del Maestro1 node/48 cores332442
PHYS 643Computational PhysicsISAAC-UTK0212Kenneth Read1 node/48 cores3113
MSE 613Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and EngineeringACF-UTK0035Haixuan Xu——15016
CHEM
123/133
General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110A. Hatab2 nodes/32 cores>10019589

Fall 2022

CourseCourse DescriptionProjectInstructorReserved Nodes/Cores Student cntJobs
EPP 622 Bioinformatics Applications ISAAC-UTK0208 Margaret
Staton
48 cores22947
COSC 462 Parallel Algorithms ISAAC-UTK0202 Sudip Seal10 sigma nodes/240 cores172688

ME450
 
Senior DesignISAAC-UTK0201 William Anthony Miller——3125
PHYS311 Mechanics ISAAC-UTK0198 Lawrence Lee——736
CHEM 470Physical ChemistryISAAC-UTK0197 Sharani Roy——50
Physics 251 Fundamentals of Physics ISAAC-UTK0195 Tova Ray Holmes1 node/2 GPUs313
CHEM 123/133General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110A. Hatab2 nodes/32 cores242421074

Spring/Summer 2022

CourseCourse DescriptionProjectInstructorReserved Nodes/Cores Student cntJobs
CHEM 123/133General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110A. HatabA. Hatab>100944
PHYS 573/643Numerical Methods of Physics/Computational PhysicsISAAC-UTK0202 K. Read1 node/24 cores12309
PHYS 494/594Intro to Machine Learning for ScientistsACF-UTK0184 A. Maestro1 GPU node/48 cores31619
MSE 614 Classical Materials Modeling ACF-UTK0186 D. Keffer1 node/16 cores212538
DSE 512Intro to Data ScienceACF-UTK0188D. Schmidt2 nodes/96 cores1220
CHEM 123/128, 133/138General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110 A. Hatab4 nodes/64 cores20015603

Fall 2021

CourseCourse DescriptionProjectInstructorReserved Nodes/Cores Student cntJobs
PHYS 311Mechanics 1ACF-UTK0173L. Lee2 nodes/32 cores30836
COSC 462Parallel ProgrammingACF-UTK0175S. Seal4 nodes/96 cores211484
CHEM 570Quantum Chemistry and SpectroscopyACF-UTK0181S. Roy2 nodes/32 cores16196
CHEM 123/128, 133/138General Chemistry I/II ACF-UTK0110A. Hatab4 nodes/64 cores20019231

Spring/Summer 2021

CourseCourse DescriptionProjectInstructorReserved Nodes/Cores Student cntJobs
CHEM 123/133General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110A. Hatab2 nodes/32 cores100944
PHYS 573/643Numerical Methods of Physics/Computational PhysicsACF-UTK0145K. Read1 node/24 cores14209
DSE 512Intro to Data ScienceACF-UTK0150J. Hinkle1 node/24 cores211364
MATH 578Numerical Methods for Conservation LawsACF-UTK0151V. Alexiades1 node/16 cores11335
CHEM 573Chemical Kinetics and DynamicsACF-UTK0153S. Roy1 node/16 cores12149
PHYS 494/594Intro to Machine Learning for ScientistACF-UTK0154A. Maestro1 node/16 cores301095
CHEM 123/128, 133/138General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110A. Hatab4 nodes/64 cores20012425

Fall 2020

CourseCourse DescriptionProjectInstructorReserved Nodes/Cores Student cntJobs
EPP 622Bioinformatics ApplicationsACF-UTK0138M.Stanton3 nodes/48 cores445348
CHEM 420Computational ChemistryACF-UTK0139S. Roy1 node/16 cores231401
CHEM 123/128, 133/138General Chemistry I/IIACF-UTK0110A. Hatab4 nodes/64 cores20017212