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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.

CHPC Downtimes

  • Wednesday February 20th starting at 8 am:
    compute nodes of kingspeak and tangent; compute and interactive nodes of redwood.
  • Monday February 25th starting at 8 am:
    compute notes of ash, ember and lonepeak.

CHPC Spring 2019 Presentation Schedule Now Available

Allocation Requests for Spring 2019 are Due March 1st, 2019

Summer 2019 Computational & Data Science Research Opportunities @ MSU for Graduates & Undergraduates

Posted January 22, 2019 

CHPC Fall 2018 Newsletter 

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

General Environment

last update: 2019-02-16 15:41:04
General Nodes
system cores % util.
ember 972/972 100%
kingspeak 860/860 100%
notchpeak 896/896 100%
lonepeak 1088/1088 100%
Owner/Restricted Nodes
system cores % util.
ash 5312/7136 74.44%
notchpeak 1488/1584 93.94%
ember 1220/1220 100%
kingspeak 6612/6640 99.58%
lonepeak 400/400 100%

Protected Environment

last update: 2019-02-16 15:40:03
General Nodes
system cores % util.
redwood 0/472 0%
Owner/Restricted Nodes
system cores % util.
redwood 212/2544 8.33%

Cluster Utilization

Last Updated: 2/14/19