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CHPC - Research Computing Support for the University

In addition to deploying and operating high performance computational resources and providing advanced user support and training, CHPC serves as an expert team to broadly support the increasingly diverse research computing needs on campus. These needs include support for big data, big data movement, data analytics, security, virtual machines, Windows science application servers, protected environments for data mining and analysis of protected health information, and advanced networking. Visit our Getting Started page for more information.

SCI Institute Distinguished Lecture: Not Yet At Extreme Scale Simulation

  • Ulrich Ruede

    March 24, 2017 at 2:00pm for 1hr
    Evans Conference Room, WEB 3780

XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop on MPI

  • April 18-19, 2017
    9am - 3 p.m. MST
    INSCC Auditorium
  • Register

Lonepeak Owner Nodes being retired

  • lp101-142: March 10th
  • lp017-100: March 20th

"New to us" nodes will be added to lonepeak in the coming weeks.

UPDATE - HPC upgrade of cluster OS to CentOS7

  • Ash to go down for upgrade on March 14th. 
  • Kingspeak was back in service as of March 3rd.

REU Summer Program Opportunity for Undergrads in Scientific Computing

New CHPC storage option - archive storage

Student Summer Research Opportunities 

CHPC on Twitter

News History...


A New Role for Proteins

DNA encodes RNAs and RNAs encode proteins. This flow of cellular information is commonly referred to as the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology. However, a team of researchers discovered a notable exception to this rule where a protein can direct the synthesis of another protein, without an RNA template. This unusual mode of protein synthesis only occurs after normal protein synthesis has failed and appears to send a distress signal to the cell that something has gone awry.

The researchers first detected template-free protein synthesis by visualizing it directly by using a technique known as electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM). The image analysis, performed on the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing cluster, required processing hundreds of thousands of 2D images to compute a 3D reconstruction of the cellular assembly. Once the researchers analyzed the structure and performed follow-up biochemical experiments, they knew they had stumbled upon an unexpected discovery. "In this case, we have a protein playing a role similar to that filled by messenger RNA," says Adam Frost, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and adjunct professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah, who led the research team. "I love this story because it blurs the lines of what we thought proteins could do."  This work was featured in the January 2, 2015 issue of Science.

System Status

last update: 03/25/17 5:23 am
General Nodes
system procs % util.
ember 480/984 48.78%
kingspeak 844/880 95.91%
lonepeak 256/256 100%
Restricted Nodes
system procs % util.
ash 6736/7376 91.32%
apexarch Status Unavailable
ember 1252/1284 97.51%
kingspeak 6552/6724 97.44%
lonepeak Status Unavailable

Cluster Utilization

Last Updated: 3/21/17