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Office of Research Computing

Statement for Proposals

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 May 2022)

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 848 compute nodes (servers) comprising 38,644 processor cores and over 165 TB of memory. Most of these resources are functionally divided into five clusters:

  • 40-node GPU cluster (160 GPUs): Each node has four Nvidia P100 GPU cards, dual 14-core Intel Broadwell processors, 128 GB of RAM, and 100 Gb/s Omnipath.
  • 32-node GPU cluster (64 GPUs): Each node has dual Nvidia K80 GPU cards, dual 24-core Intel Haswell processors, 64 GB of RAM, and 56 Gb/s InfiniBand
  • 136-node cluster (17,408 cores): Each node has dual 64-core AMD EPYC processors with 100 Gb/s InfiniBand
  • 256-node cluster (7,168 cores): Each node has dual 14-core Intel Broadwell processors, 128 GB of RAM, and 56 Gb/s InfiniBand
  • 320-node cluster (7,680 cores): Each node has dual 12-core Intel Haswell processors and either 64 or 128 GB of RAM

Additional resources include big memory nodes, as well as other smaller clusters. All resources are supported by over 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 several 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 of Research Computing
Brigham Young University