Falcon Supercomputer

Falcon is an SGI ICE X supercomputer currently operated and used by a consortium of Idaho research universities (University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University). Falcon is owned by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and ranked 97th on the Top 500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers when it was operationalized in 2014 and significantly upgraded in 2017. Through a Memorandum of Understanding (January 2022), management and use of Falcon was transferred to the Idaho research computing consortium.

Falcon currently consists of approximately 932 nodes with dual Intel Xeon E5-2695v4 18-core processors running at 2.1 GHz (36 cores per node) for a total of 33,552 cores capable of more than 1 PetaFLOPS of compute capacity. Each node on Falcon is configured with 128 GB of RAM for a total of about 120TB of overall system memory, uses an Infiniband-based interconnect configured as a 7-dimensional hypercube, and uses a 1.3 petabyte fault-tolerant Lustre filesystem.

Faculty, staff, and students from the three Idaho universities access Falcon free of charge. Falcon is connected to the universities via the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) which enables high speed data transfers to both local and remote compute centers.

Idaho C3+3 Collaboration. (2022). Falcon: High Performance Supercomputer. University of Idaho. https://doi.org/10.7923/falcon.id

Falcon News & Projects


Falcon Supercomputer Workshop

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Learn how to use the newly available Falcon Supercomputer to accelerate your research! An additional session has been added due to high demand. September 21st12:30pm or 3:00pm September 26th1:00pm IRIC Room 305University of Idaho – Moscow At this hands-on workshop, research computing experts will walk you through how to log in, transfer data, submit jobs,…
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Using Falcon to Simulate Geothermal Energy

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The Earth’s subsurface holds a vast trove of renewable energy in the form of heat stored within rocks. If harnessed correctly, this geothermal energy could potentially power humanity for centuries. To extract this energy, engineers use a geothermal closed-loop system that requires advanced simulations and high-performance computing. In the summer of 2022, Boise State Ph.D….
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Using Falcon for Nuclear Salts

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Written by: Kelsey Swenson, IIDS Scientific Writing Intern Molten salt reactors are advanced nuclear technologies capable of generating efficient electrical energy. Scientists such as John Russell, Associate Director for University of Idaho’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), use the Falcon supercomputer to work on the fundamental physics behind these new molten salt technologies to…
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