Grant Support Language

Researchers can showcase availability of HPC resources at their disposal while writing competitive grant applications. Availability of centralized high performance computing service is becoming increasingly standard requirement for computing-intensive research. Following standard support language can be added in grant applications by researchers looking to secure funding for computing resources in UIC HPCC


Researchers will utilize Extreme, a shared high-performance computing cluster operated jointly by Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) & Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Extreme is a Linux-based cluster that consists of 200 Dell C8000 series nodes with 16 or 20 cores per node, Intel Xeon CPU E5-2670 @ 2.60 GHz having local memory of 128 GB and two 500 GB on-board hard drives. Nodes can readily exchange data over the dedicated network at the rate of 40 Gbps by utilizing QDR Infiniband network. Extreme also includes three high memory nodes with 32 cores and 1 TB memory each allowing researchers to run high memory jobs more efficiently.

Extreme provides a shared Lustre filesystem capacity of 280 TB to researchers enabling faster read-write performance during job processing and 1.1 PB raw persistent storage to researchers to store their data. Extreme has fixed maintenance cycles and standard procedures in place. Access is restricted to investors of the program and all access requests are verified by the departmental delegate. Cluster is being managed by a strong experienced HPC professional team along with an engaged executive governance board to provide timely and continuous oversights in decision making.

The cluster is housed at the Roosevelt Road Building where space, power and cooling are provided by Administrative Information Technology Services (AITS). Routine checks for back-up power, cooling and fire suppression systems are performed in an auditable manner.