Computing Support

High Performance Computing

High Performance Computing (HPC) refers to using either supercomputers, or clusters of computers linked together, to function as a single computer. With HPC, users usually log into one central manager system and submit computing jobs using specialized software.

Habanero Shared HPC Cluster

Habanero, launched in November 2016, is the most recent cluster to enter production.  It was a joint purchase of 32 research groups/departments and CUIT, and was facilitated by SRCPAC and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research.  It also includes an education tier to support computational research classes and other training efforts that was jointly funded by Arts & Sciences and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Habanero consists of:

222 nodes with a total of 5328 cores (24 cores per node):

  • 208 HP ProLiant XL170r Gen9 nodes with dual Intel E5-2650v4 Processors (2.2 GHz):
    • 176 standard memory nodes (128 GB)
    • 32 high memory nodes (512 GB)
  • 14 HP DL380 Gen9 nodes with dual Intel E5-2650v4 Processors (2.2 GHz) and NVIDIA K80 GPU (2 per node) supplying ~140,000 GPU cores
  • 407 TB DDN GS7K GPFS storage
  • EDR Infiniband (FDR to storage)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Slurm job scheduler.

To request an account or to learn more about the cluster please contact Michael Weisner (212) 851-2229 or email mw2931@columbia.edu.