Tempest High Performance Computing Fully Available 


RCI is excited to announce full availability of MSU’s next-generation HPC cluster, Tempest! With UIT and VPR funding, we have added a limited free tier of access to Tempest, making it available to all MSU researchers and instructors. Tempest features compute nodes with 10 times the performance of previous systems, Nvidia A40 and A100 GPUs, a 600TB all-flash file system, support for long-running jobs, and an interactive web interface with graphical desktops, RStudio, JupyterLab, file transfer and easy job submission functionality. See https://www.montana.edu/uit/rci/tempest/ for details and contact [email protected] with any questions. 

Snowcrest Research Server Hosting Available


RCI is pleased to announce Snowcrest, a new computational resource for MSU researchers. Snowcrest is a high availability virtualized research server and workstation hosting environment. On Snowcrest, customized systems can be quickly configured with the desired CPU, GPU, memory, and storage resources and can run Windows or Linux operating systems. Snowcrest is designed to host research databases, interactive graphical applications, license servers, web applications, remote access workstations, and other research workloads that are not well suited to traditional HPC platforms. See https://www.montana.edu/uit/rci/snowcrest for rates and details and email [email protected] with any questions. 

Blackmore Large Scale Data Storage Fully Avaialble


RCI and University Information Technology are pleased to announce full availability of Blackmore a large-scale high performance storage system located at MSU Bozeman. It is backed up and intended for the storage of medium to large active or semi-active detests. Blackmore is appropriate for long-term storage and for holding the primary copy of important data. Blackmore is available to MSU PIs, Instructors, and Departments. Each approved entity may request up to 25TB free of charge and additional capacity is available via a service model. Details are avaiallbe at https://www.montana.edu/uit/rci/blackmore/ and shares can be requested by filling out the form at https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tLVuXkQqly2dAW. Questions can be sent to [email protected]

RCI Established as a RED Core Facility


Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) is now a Vice President for Research and Economic Development Core Facility. The Research Cyberinfrastructure Core Facility will serve as a central resource for the Information Technology (IT) and Cyberinfrastructure (CI) systems, services, and support needed to enable and promote advanced research across disciplines at Montana State University in support of MSU’s Grand Challenge Research Goals. The RCI core facility will be led by the Senior Manager for Research Cyberinfrastructure, reporting to the Vice President for Information Technology, and advised by an interdisciplinary Faculty council representing the broad range of CI interests in MSU research. The RCI Advisory Council will consist of 5-10 faculty members and will help inform the direction for CI at MSU. 

MSU News Article: https://www.montana.edu/news/23172/new-cyberinfrastructure-core-facility-supports-montana-state-researchers-faculty 

Coltran Hophan-Nichols Selected as Senior Manager for RCI


Effective immediately, Coltran will lead the Research Cyberinfrastructure group in developing and expanding high performance computing, large scale storage, data transfer, consulting, and support services and infrastructure.

Email: [email protected] Phone: (406) 994-2392

New RCI Website Live


The Research Cyberinfrastructure website has been refreshed and the new site is now live at https://www.montana.edu/uit/rci/. The site features updated information on RCI services and a streamlined design to make it easier to find systems and services in each category we support. Please report any issues to [email protected]

New community discussion list for cyberinfrastructure topics


The Research Cyberinfrastructure group is working with other community members to produce a public forum for discussion of current topics of interest to the cyberinfrastructure community.  Our first steps include the creation of a new mailing list at [email protected], which is open to the general public.  Second, we will be compiling relevant information to host on this site, available under the Cyberinfrastructure Community category.

Our first weekly digest is a big one, with 12 current topics, ranging from a review of data management best practices to summer funding opportunities.

 Hyalite Research Cluster storage is doubled

2015-03-30 : Posted by admin

The (Intel Enterprise) Lustre storage on the Hyalite cluster was increased from 140 TB to 290 TB.

Hyalite Research Cluster is installed at MSU

2014-12-01 : Posted by admin

As the final piece of a long RFP process, MSU's first research computing cluster, to be called Hyalite, is installed.

Sean Cleveland leaves MSU for Hawaii

2014-11-03 : Posted by admin

Sean Cleveland, formerly associate director of the RCG, has left for Oahu to take a position with the University of Hawaii at Monoa.