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HAL is currently out of service due to failed storage node.


ML/DL training sessions are on Wednesdays.  Schedule can be found here.

"My name is HAL. I became operational on March 25 2019 at the Innovative Systems Lab in Urbana, Illinois. My creators are putting me to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do." (paraphrazed from

Hardware-Accelerated Learning (HAL) cluster

Host name:




To request access: fill out this form. Make sure to follow the link on the application confirmation page to request actual system account.

To report problems: email us.

User group Slack space:

Real-time system status:

Quick start guide: (for complete details see Documentation section on the left)

To connect to the cluster:

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To submit interactive job:

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srun --partition=debug --pty --nodes=1 \
  --ntasks-per-node=12 --cores-per-socket=12 \
  --gres=gpu:v100:1 --mem-per-cpu=1500 \
  --time=2:00:00 --wait=0 --export=ALL /bin/bash 

To submit a batch job:

Code Block

See for a basic example.

Job Queue time limits:

  • Interactive "debug" queue: 4 hours
  • Batch queues:  72 hours

To load IBM PowerAI module:

Code Block
module load powerai

Main -> Systems -> HAL

Contact us

Request access to this system: Application

Contact ISL staff: Email Address

Visit: NCSA, room 3050E