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The mission of the Center for Scientific Computation at Southern Methodist University is to stimulate interdisciplinary education and research in simulation-based engineering and science.

We are motivated by the fact that computer simulation has become an essential component of research in most disciplines in engineering and science, and that advances in computing, networking, and data storage technologies are likely to accelerate this trend. At the same time, it is recognized that our nation's position of dominance in this area can no longer be taken for granted. Thus we believe that the education of the next generation of computational scientists and engineers is an urgent challenge which SMU must accept. 

Goals of the CSC

  • Education and training focused on high-performance computing algorithms, software, and hardware.
  • Formation of interdisciplinary research teams addressing cutting-edge applications.
  • Rapid communication of faculty and student research accomplishments.

ManeFrame II (M2)

SMU’s new high-performance compute cluster will dramatically increase the computational capacity and performance that SMU provides to its researchers. The new cluster features state of the art CPUs, accelerators, and networking technologies, significantly more memory per node, and advanced interactive GPU-accelerated remote desktop experiences. Also, the cluster is much more energy efficient making it more economical to run and more environmentally friendly!

The new cluster will provide a similar interactive experience for researchers currently using ManeFrame. Similarities include the CentOS 7 operating system (replacing Scientific Linux 6; both are Red Hat Enterprise Linux derivatives), the SLURM resource scheduler, and the Lmod environment module system. Additionally, updated, but familiar, development tool chains will be available including the GCC, Intel, and PGI compiler suites. Optimized high-level programming environments such as MATLAB, Python, and R will also be installed in addition to the domain specific software packages that SMU researchers depend on for their work.

More information on ManeFrame II and use can be found here. If you currently use ManeFrame I, you can find more information about transitioning to ManeFrame II here.

ManeFrame I (retired) ManeFrame II (2017) ManeFrame II (2019)
Computational Ability 104 TFLOPS 630 TFLOPS 870 TFLOPS
Number of Nodes 1,104 349 354
Intel CPU Cores (AVX2) 8,832 11,088 11,276
Total Accelerator Cores 0 132,608 275,968
Total Memory 29.2 TB (29,856 GB) 116.5 TB (119,336 GB) 120 TB (122,880 GB)
Node Interconnect Bandwidth 20 Gb/s 100 Gb/s 100 Gb/s
Scratch Space 1.4 PB (1,229 TB) 1.4 PB (1,434 TB) 2.8 PB (2,867 TB)
Archive Capabilities No Yes Yes
Operating System Scientific Linux 6 CentOS 7 CentOS 7

Request an Account

Faculty can request an account by sending an email to SMU HPC Admins with the following details. If you are a student or postdoc please ask your supervisor, sponsor, or adviser to send an email to SMU HPC Admins with the following details.

  • Full Name
  • Department
  • A valid SMU email for SMU student/post-doc/faculty/staff
  • Duration for which the account should remain active
  • If the account is for a class, course number, name, and professor

If you are an external research collaborator please have your sponsor request a sponsored account at help@smu.edu. Once your account has been created please request HPC access at SMU HPC Admins.

 More information on account management can be found here.

Documentation 

Here you can can find information on how to effectively use SMU’s HPC resources. Topics covered in the documentation include:

For questions about using resources or setting up accounts please email the SMU HPC Admins with "HPC" in the subject line.

Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 CSC workshop series will provide a hands-on experience that will guide researchers from the basics of using SMU's supercomputing resources to advanced parallelization and application specific usage. The topics will cover information useful for researchers to quickly begin to use the advanced compute capabilities provided with the cluster. New users are encouraged to take advantage of the introductory "Introduction to Using M2" workshop that will be given once monthly during the semester.

Workshops will be given weekly on Wednesday's in Fondren Library East Room 110 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Register here!

Date Workshop
September 4 Introduction to Using M2
September 11 Vectorization Using OpenMP
September 18 R Workflows on M2
September 25 Using Git and GitHub
October 2 Introduction to Using M2
October 9 Python Workflows on M2
October 16 Hybrid MPI with OpenMP and OpenACC
October 23 Using Machine Learning Toolkits on M2
October 30 Parallel Architecture Abstraction Via OCCA and RAJA
November 6 Introduction to Using M2
November 13 Using Docker and Singularity on M2
November 20 No Workshop: SC19 Conference
November 27 No Workshop: Thanksgiving Holiday
December 4 Introduction to Using M2

Report HPC Usage 

Faculty are encouraged to report their usage of SMU’s HPC facilities here. The data will be used to assess and document usage of these resources.

Request an Account

Faculty and researchers can request accounts on SMU’s HPC resources by emailing SMU HPC Admins. Additional information can be found here