ITaP maintains many different resources for computation. Here is a brief introduction to current computational resources. More information and detailed documentation are available for each resource listed below.
Bell is a Community Cluster optimized for communities running traditional, tightly-coupled science and engineering applications. Bell is being built through a partnership with Dell and AMD over the summer of 2020. Bell consists of Dell compute nodes with two 64-core AMD Epyc "Rome" processors (128 cores per node) and 256 GB of memory. All nodes have 100 Gbps HDR Infiniband interconnect and a 6-year warranty.
Weber is Purdue's new specialty Community Cluster for restricted and controlled data, applications and research restricted by ITAR or DFARS 800-171. Weber was built in August 2019. Weber currently consists of HP compute nodes with two 10-core Intel Xeon-E5 "Haswell" processors (20 cores per node) and 64 GB of memory. All nodes have 56 Gbps EDR Infiniband interconnect.
Gilbreth is a new type of addition to Purdue's Community Clusters, designed specifically for applications which are able to take advantage of GPU accelerators. While applications must be specially-crafted to use GPUs, a GPU-enabled application can often run many times faster than the same application could on general-purpose CPUs. Due to the increased cost of GPU-equipped nodes, Gilbreth is being offered with some new purchase options to allow for shared access at a lower price point than the full cost of a node.
The Scholar cluster is open to Purdue instructors from any field whose classes include assignments that could make use of supercomputing: from high-end graphics rendering and weather modeling, to simulating millions of molecules and exploring masses of data, to understanding the dynamics of social networks.
The Data Workbench is an interactive compute environment for non-batch big data analysis and simulation, and is a part of Purdue's Community Cluster Program. The Data Workbench consists of HP compute nodes with two 8-core Intel Xeon processors (16 cores per node), and 128 GB of memory. All nodes are interconnected with 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The Data Workbench entered production on October 1, 2017.
Brown is a Community Cluster optimized for communities running traditional, tightly-coupled science and engineering applications. Brown was built through a partnership with Dell and Intel in October 2017. Brown consists of Dell compute nodes with two 12-core Intel Xeon Gold "Sky Lake" processors (24 cores per node) and 96 GB of memory. All nodes have 100 Gbps EDR Infiniband interconnect and a 5-year warranty.
Halstead is optimized for Purdue's communities running traditional, tightly-coupled science and engineering applications. Halstead was built through a partnership with HP and Intel in November 2016. Halstead consists of HP compute nodes with two 10-core Intel Xeon-E5 processors (20 cores per node) and 128 GB of memory. All nodes have 100 Gbps EDR Infiniband interconnect and a 5-year warranty.
Hammer is optimized for Purdue's communities utilizing loosely-coupled, high-throughput computing. Hammer was initially built through a partnership with HP and Intel in April 2015. Hammer was expanded again in late 2016. Hammer will be expanded annually, with each year's purchase of nodes to remain in production for 5 years from their initial purchase.
Anvil will be a powerful new supercomputer in 2021 hosted at Purdue through a $10M NSF grant to provide advanced computing capabilities to support a wide range of computational and data-intensive research spanning from traditional high-performance computing to modern artificial intelligence applications.
Information about many retired computational resources is available on the Retired Resources page.