About Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure
In 2013, leadership in the Office of Information Technology envisioned technology that would position SIU among the country’s tier-one, academic research institutions. This vision included the acquisition of a 34.7 TeraFLOP computing cluster that would allow computational speeds that are second-to-none among academic supercomputers. This vision also included providing free access to the supercomputer by all University researchers and their student teams. BigDog, SIU’s supercomputer is the embodiment of this vision.
Today, SIU researchers, faculty, and students are encouraged to use BigDog for research projects that require extensive computational power and/or speed. Although stipulations for use of the supercomputer may change in the future, users currently enjoy free access, unlimited computing time, first-come-first-serve scheduling, and access without project limitations.
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