Freebio/Freebio2 - first ARM based servers in HPC production at UiO

Freebio (and Freebio2) introduces a new class of HPC capable ARM based systems.

The well known ARM processor architecture from mobile phones, pads, TVs, cars, Raspberry PIs, etc have now been upgraded to a high performance version. Being cost effective with a high core count these processors represent an alternative approach to many tasks. So far we have targeted the bio informatics workloads for this type of processors. However, the system is not limited to run only such tasks as it can tackle all kinds of workloads. The system is installed with Linux. The processor is from High Silicon, model Hi1616. The system has 64 cores, 256 GiB of memory and 36 TiB of local disk. While each core performs slightly less than an x86-64 core the higher core count compensates for this. Multithreaded programs are important as before. All users can access / and will find their own Lightweight-HPC $HOME directory when logging in.


If you already are on the UiO network you can just do:

    ssh <username>

Replace <username> with your registered username.

However, if you are outside the UiO network you must go via an UiO machine first:

ssh <username>



To see available software, please run the following command:

module avail

To load a module, use name and full version of the module:

module load R-bundle-Bioconductor/3.12-foss-2020b-R-4.0.3

To get a clean environment and unload all modules:

module purge


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Published Feb. 20, 2020 11:23 AM - Last modified June 4, 2021 10:37 AM