Getting Started with High Performance Computing

To learn more about our HPC systems and what resources are available, please visit the HPC Systems & Policies page.

To learn more about how software is managed and jobs are run, please visit the General Information page.

Finally, if you already have an account, but are new to HPC, please take a look at our New User Guide and FAQ pages.

Getting An Account

For more detail on gaining access to HPC resources see the How do I get an account? section on our FAQ page.


For professors and students working with professors, access to Mio is restricted to research groups who have purchased nodes. The PI for the research group can request additions of new users by submitting a ticket to the HPC and Research category at the Mines Help Center. (Nodes are no longer available for purchase on Mio, but PI’s can secure nodes on Wendian.)

For students not working with a professor, access can be obtained by submitting a ticket to the HPC and Research category at the Mines Help Center. For such students, access is restricted to educational use and projects that can make efficient use of the HPC resources; it is expected that they are developing or running parallel applications. Students can publish based on results from Mio; however, unless a professor owns nodes on Mio they cannot share authorship with the student. The reason for this restriction is to prevent professors from improperly gaining proxy access to Mio.


Access to Wendian is granted in two ways. Research groups may purchase nodes on Wendian; those who own nodes on Wendian will have access privileges similar in form to Mio, including priority access to their nodes. If they would like access to all nodes of the machine they will need to submit a proposal. Researchers who do not own nodes must submit a proposal as is done for AuN.

Accounts on Wendian granted via proposals will be given an allocation of hours. After the allocation is consumed, jobs run against that account will experience a drop in priority. Jobs run on owned nodes will not count against the owner’s allocation, and any reduction in priority for jobs run on owner allocations will not affect those running on owned nodes.