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High Performance Computing


The Research Computing team at Queen's University provide a number of centrally managed High Performance Computing (HPC) systems (detailed below).  Researchers can avail of these systems in order to solve compute and data intensive problems. 

  • Kelvin Cluster

    Kelvin is a scalable High Performance Computing (HPC) and Research Data Storage environment (this cluster is the Dell Cluster replacement).

    Installation date: Nov 2015

    • Compute nodes run CENTOS operating system
    • HP hardware
    • 51 HP Apollo compute nodes with Intel Haswell generation processors
    • High memory nodes ranging from 128GB to 1TB of RAM
    • 500TB of lustre parallel file system for scratch
    • Each node has 20 cores
    • All compute nodes and storage are connected by an Infiniband fabric
    • Visualisation node (Nvidia K4200) for openGL applications. This must be requested.
    • Private cloud provision for applications such as Galaxy and CLC Bio.
  • Windows Cluster

    The Windows cluster provides support for Windows applications and users who want to work in Microsoft/GUI environment.

    Installation year: 2013

    Dell hardware

    • Windows server 2012 operating system
    • 16 x Dell c6220 servers

    => 256 cores

    • Dual Intel Quad-core E5-2660 processors (64 GB memory )
    • 10GB interconnect
    • 30 terabytes of storage

HPC Service

  • HPC Service


    A wide range of scientific software is available for all the systems. New software can be installed on request providing a valid software license is available.

    Support for researchers

    The Research Support team provide help in a number of ways:

    • Training - a 90min introduction to Kelvin can be organized and delivered on request.
    • Help with job scripts
    • Software installation
    • Consultancy
    • Programming help

    Accessing the service and Getting Help

    Please use the QUB Sitehelpdesk

    Create a new case, choose "services", then "Highe Performance Computing" and pick a category.

    The categories are:

         a. user/group resquest or modification

         b. jobscript help

         c. application install request

         d. suspected system issue

         e. help with storage data


Last Updated: June 2017