Research Computing

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Our Mission

‌The mission of UTech Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure is to support and enhance the research mission of CWRU through responsive service, enabling infrastructure, collaborative partnerships, and innovative solutions.

Our resources include high performance computing services, large-scale research storage services, database design and programming services, visualization services, and pre-award IT consultation. UTech Research Computing is prepared to engage with faculty in technologies as they emerge at CWRU and incorporate them into the suite of centrally supported services.

Discovery, creative activity, and innovations are elements that take us all beyond what is possible today to what will be commonplace tomorrow.

In existence since 2006, UTech Research Computing now provides an advanced medium-sized supercomputing facility for research and scholarship activity. Every year more users have turned to RCCI through collaboration and enablement of their research projects.

The HPC resources has about 95 Tflops of combined CPUs and GPUs peak performance compute capacity and about 2 PB of total storage. The HPC cluster facility is located under the Kelvin Smith Library in a separate environmentally controlled data center. As of August 2018, the HPC Resource has grown to 4400 CPU cores, 143,000 GPU cores and 100/25/10 Gigabit ethernet interconnect between the compute nodes. A subset (28) of the cluster nodes contain (56) NVidia Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs), including the P100 cards. UTech Research Computing maintains a parallel storage system from Panasas (320TB) and a near-line Nexsan-based storage (700TB).  

By the Numbers

  • 6.75 million computational jobs in 2017

  • 11.2 million hours of CPU time 2017

  • 2.1 Petabytes of storage provided by RCCI

  • 278 faculty lab members

  • 1221 RCCI users

  • 711 publications to utilize RCCI resources 

With the receipt of an NSF CC-NIE award in October 2013, CWRU has deployed a Science DMZ on its network to optimize network configuration, security policies, and performance to support robust connectivity for high performance scientific computing, high volume data transfers, visualization, and the ability to remotely control experiments or to participate in experiments at a distance. The deployment includes IntraOhio and Internet2 connectivity speeds at 100 Gigabits per second.

The growth of these resources has been funded through investments by [U]Tech, the Office of the Provost, and researchers in the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Advisory Committee on Research Computing (ACRC) advises UTech on strategic issues related to the support of the CWRU research community's IT-related needs.

If you are interested in utilizing UTech Research Computing resources as part of a research proposal, see the Consultation Services section of this website.