Welcome to POD IU

What is POD IU?

POD IU is a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster available for your use on-demand. POD is a collaborative effort between Penguin Computing, Indiana University, the University of Virginia, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Michigan to provide supercomputing cloud services in a secure US facility. Researchers can purchase computing time from Penguin Computing, and receive access via high-speed national research networks operated by Indiana University. With POD IU you simply pay for the resources that you use (core hours, storage and data disk transfers).

The POD IU cluster is referred to as Rockhopper on the IU campus.

Who can use POD IU?

Anyone can use POD IU provided that you are part of an accredited American or foreign institution of higher education (with a .edu or .org email address), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) or other federal or state government entity in the United States. Your organization will need to be registered with POD IU before you can create an account. Currently registered organizations appear in a dropdown list during registration - if you don't see yours, please contact POD@penguincomputing.com .

How do I get started?

Simply click here to register. The process will take about 5 minutes. You will need a valid credit card to register. POD uses ssh keys for authentication, so you will need a program like PuTTY as an SSH client if you are running Windows. A link to download PuTTY is provided during the registration process.

How much does it cost?

You will need a credit card to sign up for POD IU unless you have pre-arranged an alternate method of payment and have been given a pre-arranged registration code. Your fees are based on usage according to the following schedule:

Service Pay-As-You-Go
Core Hour $0.09 per core hour
On-Demand Storage $0.10 per average GB-month (monitored daily)
Data Transfer from Disk $20 per transfer

For example, if you run a job that uses 64 cores for 30 minutes, your cost would be 64 cores x $0.09 per core hour x 0.500 hours = $2.88. Core hour usage is calculated to an accuracy of 1/1000th of an hour. If you stored say 500 GB of output data from your job for 1 day, your storage cost would be 500 GB x $0.10 per average GB-month x 1 day / 30 days per month = $1.67.

Where can I get help using POD IU?

Penguin Computing and Indiana University have provided technical resources to help you use POD IU (Rockhopper). Please see the links on the left under Resources.