Free Supercomputer Access

Dear All,

I am here want to know is there any free supercomputer access resource?

Best Wishes!

Yanqing Fu Virginia Tech Engineering Science and Mechanics

Hi,

Your university may provide a free account to use the local Cluster…Maybe you can build your own Cluster, but electricity bill would be a great issue .

You could also write a grant proposal and request time quota in TACC at UT Austin …I think the thing get more closer to be a “FREE supercomputer” is to use the University resources…As I will rephrase: “Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college!
You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results. -Ray Ghostbusters”

A Salute

Oscar Guerrero

I imagine if there were the que would be filled with people mining bitcoins.

Writting a proposal to request time on Department of Energy national lab supercomputers is not as daunting as one might expect. NERSC (http://www.nersc.gov) at Lawrence Berkely NL and Mira (http://www.alcf.anl.gov/mira) at Argonne NL, for example, have startup allocations that you can apply year-round and a two page proposal is all they require for millions of core hours. You might want to consider that in additon to university supercomputers, which are typically much smaller.

Ray

I imagine if there were the que would be filled with people mining
bitcoins.

​people have tried and apart from the fact that it is highly inefficient,
it would be against the usage policies and can exclude you from doing real
research on such hardware.

there are several kinds of resources and different ways to get access. the
best way typically depends on the kind of research funding your PI has.
your PI should also be the person that requests supercomputer time on your
behalf.

axel.

Writting a proposal to request time on Department of Energy national lab
supercomputers is not as daunting as one might expect. NERSC (
http://www.nersc.gov) at Lawrence Berkely NL and Mira (
http://www.alcf.anl.gov/mira) at Argonne NL, for example, have startup
allocations that you can apply year-round and a two page proposal is all
they require for millions of core hours. You might want to consider that
in additon to university supercomputers, which are typically much smaller.

​those are DOE machines, there also is the NSF funded XSEDE infrastructure
with several HPC facilities.

axel.​

​people have tried and apart from the fact that it is highly inefficient, it would be against the usage policies and can exclude you from doing real research on such hardware.

agreed. I took free as meaning open to the public. Given that breaking into university resources to do just this(mining :frowning: , and getting money for nothing) rather than steal information is a thing currently happening, I figured that was reason enough to dispel any notion of a resource being truly free/open to the public.

there are several kinds of resources and different ways to get access. the best way typically depends on the kind of research funding your PI has. your PI should also be the person that requests supercomputer time on your behalf.

Though I don’t regard granted computing time from national resources as ‘free,’ suggesting it is more constructive than my comment :). Also(as mentioned), sometimes (as is the case Iowa State) the university may have smaller clusters, which are open for students.