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High Performance Computing

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