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BYU Researchers,

Please feel free to use the statements below in your research grant proposals. If you have questions or would like a signed letter of support on BYU letterhead, please contact me for details.

Ryan Cox


Letter of Research Support (updated February 7, 2019)

To Whom It May Concern:

The Office of Research Computing provides computational resources for faculty and students at Brigham Young University (BYU). Our mission is to facilitate and enhance computationally intensive research at BYU by making available state of the art high performance computing (HPC) resources to campus researchers. We seek to assist where department or college resources are inadequate for project demands.

The Office of Research Computing maintains 1,012 compute nodes (servers) comprising 23,920 processor cores and over 90 TB of memory. Most of these resources are functionally divided into five clusters:

  • 40-node GPU cluster: Each node has four Nvidia P100 GPU cards, dual 14-core Intel Broadwell processors, 128 GB of RAM, and 100 Gb/s Intel Omni-Path.
  • 32-node GPU cluster: Each node has dual Nvidia K80 GPU cards, dual 24-core Intel Haswell processors, 64 GB of RAM, and 4X FDR InfiniBand
  • 256-node cluster: Each node has dual 14-core Intel Broadwell processors, 128 GB of RAM, and 4X FDR Infiniband
  • 320-node cluster: Each node has dual 12-core Intel Haswell processors and either 64 or 128 GB of RAM
  • 320-node cluster: Each node has dual 8-core Intel Sandy Bridge processors, either 32 or 64 GB of RAM, and 4X QDR InfiniBand

Additional resources include big memory nodes, as well as other smaller clusters. All resources are supported by approximately six petabytes of high performance storage. Additional resources are constantly being considered to keep up with research demands, storage requirements, and changes in technology.

Different researchers have varying degrees of need for HPC systems. Job scheduler policies strive to balance of fairness between the largest and smallest consumers.

The Office of Research Computing provides a secure environment for most protected data needs, such as for the processing of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Controls are aligned with the requirements of NIST SP 800-171, Department of Defense DFARS 252.204-7008 and 252.204-7012 clauses, as well as other standards. The environment also supports many export-control restrictions, including ITAR. Protected data services are freely available to researchers after authorization is granted.

We invite all BYU faculty, students, and affiliated collaborators that have a need for computational resources to request an account.

Ryan Cox
Director
Office of Research Computing
Brigham Young University