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Center for Scientific Computing

The UCSB Center for Scientific Computing at CNSI was formed to promote the effective use of High Performance Computing in the research environment. The CSC already provides a broad range of resources for campus researchers, and we are expanding the available hardware with a recent NSF/MRI funded system. Beyond simply providing the computing resources themselves, part of our mission is to provide training in the best use of computing resources; whether they are at UCSB, or beyond. The CSC sponsors classes, tutorials, and individual training in general Unix/Linux, compiling, and optimization of codes. The CSC also actively engages IT staff at research units across campus so that researchers can get help from their local IT staff, who often understand best what they need to do their projects.


  1. HP Intel (Braid) »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    Infiniband based Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge cluster

  2. HP Nehalem (guild) »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    This cluster is best for MPI or jobs that can run well on a single node with 8 cores and 24GB of RAM. Default nodes are now 12 cores with 48GB of RAM.

  3. HP Opteron (lattice) »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    The head node, rack, RAID disks, etc. have all been provided by CNSI - researchers who want to use this cluster need only buy compute nodes - thus all of your money is going to computing power, not cluster infrastructure. Contact Paul Weakliem for details on how to participate.

  4. Knot Cluster (knot) »
    Campus Gov't/Academic Industry

    Hewlett-Packard 110 MPI nodes (~1,500 cores), 4 Fat memory nodes, 12 GPUs.