Overview of Rice

Rice is the newest of Purdue's Community Clusters, optimized for Purdue's communities running traditional, tightly-coupled science and engineering applications. Rice was built through a partnership with HP and Intel in April 2015. Rice consists of HP compute nodes with two 10-core Intel Xeon-E5 processors (20 cores per node) and 64 GB of memory. All nodes have 56 Gbps FDR Infiniband interconnect and a 5-year warranty.

To purchase access to Rice today, go to the 2015 Cluster Access Purchase page. Please subscribe to our Community Cluster Program Mailing List to stay informed on the latest purchasing developments or contact us via email at rcac-cluster-purchase@lists.purdue.edu if you have any questions.


Rice is named in honor of John R. Rice, the W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science. More information about his life and impact on Purdue is available in an ITaP Biography of John R. Rice.

Detailed Hardware Specification

Most Rice nodes consist of identical hardware. All Rice nodes have 20 processor cores, 64 GB of RAM, and 56 Gbps Infiniband interconnects.

Sub-Cluster Number of Nodes Processors per Node Cores per Node Memory per Node Interconnect TeraFLOPS
Rice-A 576 Two 10-Core Intel Xeon-E5 20 64 GB 56 Gbps FDR Infiniband TBD

Rice nodes run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL6) and use Moab Workload Manager 8 and TORQUE Resource Manager 5 as the portable batch system (PBS) for resource and job management. The application of operating system patches occurs as security needs dictate. All nodes allow for unlimited stack usage, as well as unlimited core dump size (though disk space and server quotas may still be a limiting factor).

For more information about the TORQUE Resource Manager:

On Rice, ITaP recommends the following set of compiler, math library, and message-passing library for parallel code:

  • Intel
  • MKL
  • Intel MPI

To load the recommended set:

$ module load devel

To verify what you loaded:

$ module list

Obtaining an Account on Rice

To obtain an account, you must be part of a research group which has purchased access to Rice. Refer to the Accounts / Access page for more details on how to request access.