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Note: This documentation is for those nodes updated to the Centos7 operating system. 
For documentation of nodes still using the older system, please see Centos 6 HPCC Documentation and User Manual.  For more information, see
Introduction to new 2018 HPC systems

Recent Announcements:

UPDATE: 1/18 08:50 AM Scratch space ls15 is available on rsync gateway, dev nodes and compute nodes. If you have any question to access your scratch space. Please let us know https://contact.icer.msu.edu/. UPDATE: 1/17 08:50 AM Sctach space 1s15 is available on rsync gateway (rsync.hpcc.msu.edu) and all compute nodes. It is still not available on all dev nodes yet. Our system administrators are working on the issue. Please wait for next update.…
Minor SLURM Update this Week
HPCC staff will be performing a minor update to the SLURM software starting Tuesday, January 15th, and completing on Thursday, January 17th. SLURM will be available during this time, however, brief (less than a minute) interruptions in the availability of SLURM commands may occur.  This update will fix minor bugs encountered by HPCC users. The update process will not impact running jobs.
      In November 2018 We installed a new, faster and more reliable scratch system based on the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS).  In addition the new scratch system is housed in the new MSU data center near our cluster and has a highspeed network connection.  Our previous scratch system, installed in 2015 based on Lustre file system (LFS), has a very slow connection to the clusters.         In December 2018, They are both available to you from two different paths. However,…

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Obtaining HPCC accounts

Accounts must be requested by a MSU faculty member by filling out this form and existing MSU IDs are required.

Buy-in options

If you want to have priority access to our clusters, you can purchase buy-in nodes.


If you have questions and couldn’t find answers in this documentation, please submit a ticket.

Walk-in helpdesk hours

Monday and Thursday, 1-2pm, Biomedical & Physical Sciences Building, Room 1440

Registration for HPCC workshops

Our monthly workshops cover introductions to Linux, HPCC, and some popular software tools. Check out our training website.


We encourage HPCC users to acknowledge iCER/MSU in publications arising from simulations performed on our resources. Let us know that we have been referenced, and we will link to your publication on our publication site, which will further increase the visibility of your work. A sample statement can be: "This work was supported in part by Michigan State University through computational resources provided by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research."

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