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Important Announcement: MGHPCC Annual Shutdown Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – Friday, May 24, 2024

All RC-managed services will be powered down starting at 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) will be conducting its annual shutdown for maintenance work on Thursday, May 23. To prepare for that maintenance, RC will be shutting down all services from Wednesday, May 22 until Friday, May 24. Research Computing’s servers and services are physically located at MGHPCC and are included in this shutdown, along with the high performance cluster systems of Harvard, Boston University, MIT, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. All RC-managed services will be powered down starting at 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 22. We are currently anticipating that RC-managed services will be powered back on Friday, May 24, given that all work is completed in a timely manner.

During the annual maintenance period, you will not be able to access research computing facilities or services (including the Discovery Cluster). You should plan accordingly and proactively, especially if you have a research paper, proposal, or presentation deadline that may rely on RC-managed services right before, during, or soon after the annual maintenance period. You should not expect any access to RC-managed services between 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, to late Friday, May 24 at minimum. If the recovery after the maintenance work does not go as planned, the services may not be back until Saturday, May 25, or later. 

How will the maintenance affect me:

All systems will be affected by the shutdown, including the CIFS mount /research, RC-hosted sites and services, all compute nodes, storage (including research and archive storage), and the Open OnDemand web portal. Please be aware that all running jobs will be terminated by 6 a.m. ET on May 22 as the system is powered down.

How to get updates about the maintenance window:

Please subscribe to the IT Statuspage for updates. Please note, we will only update the IT Statuspage if there are unexpected delays causing services to be unavailable for longer than expected.

Additional questions or concerns:

Contact us at, view our documentation, or check out our training page.

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Discovery is a high performance computing (HPC) resource for the Northeastern University research community. The Discovery cluster is located in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in Holyoke, MA. MGHPCC is a 90,000 square-foot, 15 megawatt research computing and data center facility that houses computing resources for five institutions: Northeastern, BU, Harvard, MIT, and UMass.


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Research Computing News at Northeastern

Latest Publications

Latest Publications

Cox, J. M.; Mileson, B.; Sadagopan, A.; Lopez, S. A. “Molecular Recognition Promotes Band Alignment in 3-D Covalent Organic Frameworks for Co-Crystalline Organic Photovoltaics”

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2020, ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.0c00087

Pengshung, M.; Neal, P.; Atallah, T. L.; Kwon, J.; Caram, J. R.; Lopez, S. A.; Ellen M. Sletten “Silicon incorporation in polymethine dyes”

Chemical Communications 2020, ASAP DOI: 10.1039/c9cc09671j


Introductory Training Session Updates

The Research Computing team has updated the introductory training sessions available in the RC Training Canvas Course. While the recordings remain the same, the course materials and links have been updated to ensure accuracy and functionality.

Abreha, B. G.; Agarwal, S.; Foster, I.; Blaiszik, B.; Lopez, S. A. “Virtual Excited State Reference for the Discovery of Electronic Materials Database (VERDE Materials DB): An Open-Access Resource for Ground and Excited State Properties of Organic Molecules”

Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2019, 10, 6835–6841.

Williams, T.; Lopez, S. A.; Deravi, L. “A scalable method to synthesize the Xanthommatin biochrome via an electro-catalyzed oxidation of tryptophan metabolites”

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 2019, 7, 8979–8985.

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