High performance computing resources
available at East Carolina University
East Carolina University continues the renaissance in high-performance computing
(HPC) with hardware and software solutions specifically optimized for complex
technical research computing tasks. The independent, modular scalability of CPUs,
I/O bandwidth, system bandwidth, memory, storage, and graphics combine together
to provide ECU researchers and educators with HPC resources needed to explore
the leading-edge problems of the 21st century.
ECU has nearly 1 teraflop of shared memory computing power available to its
The HPC computational
resources available for ECU educators and researchers are
- A 320 core cluster with a 32 core login node. The cluster consists of 16 nodes, each
nodes has 20 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 v2 @ 2.50GHz processors, 128 GB of memory and
1 TB of disk space. Also, the cluster has 180 TB of shared disk space.
- 32 processor SGI Origin 350. A complete description of this resource can be found
here. The SGI Origin 350 was funded in part by a
Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science
- 128 processor SGI Altix 4700 cluster.
The SGI Altix 4700 was funded in part by a
Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science
- a brief description of the application software available on the ECU computer
resources can be found here.
- Scientific support can be obtained from the
- some useful links on how to run application software and how to use UNIX
and LSF and can
be found here.
- workshops and tutorials for some of the application software can be found at
CACS Tutorials link.
- a state-of-the-art undergraduate computational chemstry
is available in
the chemistry department. This facility consists of 10 personal computers and
14 Linux workstations, each with 16 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz processors,
which were funded by student fees. A wide variety of application
software is available on all systems. For the life sciences, Accelrys has kindly
provided its Discover Studio suite of programs.
The HPC visualization resources available for ECU educators and researchers are
- an 8 processor SGI Prism. A complete description of this resource can be found
ECU researchers and educators wishing to get an account on the cluster may do so at: