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.

 Information on new node pricing

Call for Posters: Conference on Research Reproduciblity

Conference will take place November 14th at the University of Utah Law School Campus. Poster deadline is July 31st, 2016.

FastX2 server upgrade Monday, June 27 at 1 pm

The upgrade will be done on all CHPC FastX2 servers (frisco, astro, meteo and atmos nodes as well as all general and owner interactive nodes; this uopgrade will also  including protected environment resources). We expect the upgrade to take a couple of hours. This is being done primarily to address user issues with resizing windows when on a Mac, as well as other bug fixes and new features that are in the latest version.  You can see a list of updates at

CHPC Summer Presentations:

 slurm BASICS

LOCATION: INSCC Auditorium, Room 110
DATE: June 23rd, 2016
TIME: 1 - 2 p.m. 

Presented by Anita Orendt

Hands-on introduction to python, parts 1&2

LOCATION: INSCC Auditorium, Room 110
DATE: June 28th & 30th, 2016
TIME: 1 - 3 p.m. 

Presented by Wim Cardoen and David Heidorn

Changes to /scratch/kingspeak/serial and /scratch/ibrix/chpc_gen

  • Monday May 2nd, Noon: /scratch/kingspeak/serial made Read Only - DONE
  • Monday June 6th, Noon:  Taken offline to be rebuilt - DONE
  • Friday June 10th: rebuild /scratch/kingspeak/serial back on line - DONE
  • Monday June 13th, Noon: /scratch/ibrix/chpc_gen will be made read only - DONE
  • Monday July 11th/scratch/ibrix/chpc_gen will be retired 

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Workshop on being a "Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitator"

Sunday August 7th - Saturday August 13th, 2016

Applications are now open!

Open Science Grid (OSG) User School 2016

Application Period: Mar 14 - Apr 15, 2016
OSG User School: 25-29 July 2016
Website and brief application:

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News History...


Uncovering the secrets of Darwin’s pigeons

Centuries of selective breeding have generated a tremendous diversity among the 300+ breeds of domestic rock pigeon (Columba livia), an organism that Charles Darwin proposed as an exemplary model for evolution under selection. This variation gives us the opportunity to better understand the process of vertebrate development, and to investigate how those processes evolve over time. Until recently, however, the specific molecular mechanisms responsible for phenotypic differences among pigeon breeds were a complete mystery.

To identify genetic changes responsible for novel traits among pigeon breeds, researchers from the Shapiro lab at the University of Utah Department of Biology utilized resources at CHPC to identify genetic differences in the genomes of over 100 diverse pigeons, which were then compared to pinpoint which genetic differences are most-closely associated with specific traits.  These analyses require high performance computing to processes terabytes of genomic data.  Without the large scale computing resources available at CHPC, identifying genetic differences among pigeons would take years, rather than days. Through these studies, surprising links between genes responsible for trait evolution in pigeons and genes responsible for genetic disorders in humans have been found. These results help researchers better understand mechanisms of evolution on a level that Charles Darwin could only have imagined.



System Status

last update: 06/25/16 11:33 am
General Nodes
system procs % util.
ember 636/1008 63.1%
kingspeak 760/832 91.35%
lonepeak 256/256 100%
Restricted Nodes
system procs % util.
ash 7424/7468 99.41%
apexarch Status Unavailable
ember 968/1284 75.39%
kingspeak 4904/4924 99.59%
lonepeak 880/928 94.83%

Cluster Utilization