HPC: Project Allocation Request (PI Proposals)

Service Description

The diversity of HPC@Mines' compute resources reflects the rapid evolution of HPC systems and our group's commitment to provide these technologies to users, while continuing to support clusters that are slightly dated yet still productive.  There are certain attributes and procedures common to all platforms, described below in the first sections. This information is followed by links to individual machines that describe their particular performance properties.

To initiate a research group's access to a Mines HPC platform, a proposal must be submitted for each project a PI plans to use HPC resources, by the PI.  The purpose of these proposals is to obtain information vital to Mines' continued support of on-premise HPC platforms, and to verify grant tracking procedures.


Researchers, PIs, Students, Faculty, Staff

Service Levels

Guidelines for obtaining research group accounts on Mines' HPC resources vary among the three clusters.


Machine-specific information is below:


Wendian is Mines' newest cluster, and is fully supported by the institution, with the opportunity for research groups to purchase existing nodes in exchange for priority and pre-emption privileges, and a partial subsidy.  Whether or not a research group owns nodes, accounts are obtained through a proposal process.


Mio nodes are all owned by research groups or other entities.  Accounts on Mio are subject to the following stipulations:

  1. With one exception involving students (see below), access to Mio may be granted to and by node-owners only;
    1. nodes must either already be purchased or money for nodes must be transferred to appropriate account;
    2. node-owner may designate any user (otherwise qualified) as a member of her partition;
  2. Exception: Through a Tech Fee award, students own some (very old) nodes, which allow them access under the following circumstances:
    1. the usual situation in which a PI who owns nodes requests the student be added to their partition;
    2. the student is part of a class (in general, the class professor should have a class partition; if not, case by case);
    3. the student is engaged in research with (or without) a PI, but is unsupported financially by the PI;
      1. PI must document that this is the case;
      2. PI must document her understanding that the PI may not be an author on any publications that result from this work.

3)  There is no proposal submission for Mio.  Accounts and partitions will be created upon node purchase.  See 'Access Request' page to add users to Mio accounts.


AuN was an older x86 machine, fully owned and supported by the institution.  To obtain a user account for a new student on AuN, a PI must have already had an established presence (as in, have a current research account).  The proposal process was the same as for Wendian.



Our website, https://hpc.mines.edu,  offers a wide range of information about HPC in general and Mines' clusters in particular.  Once you have been granted access, we will provide you with details on how to get started, and point you to more specific references. 

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