Community Cluster

The University of Delaware currently has two high-performance computing (HPC) community clusters available to UD researchers: Mills and Farber. These clusters were built on the recommendation of a 2011 UD Research Computing Task Force that suggested the University create a large, broadly available HPC cluster.

There are currently no nodes available for purchase on Mills or Farber, however we are interested in your needs and interest to purchase for the next cluster.

What is a community cluster?

UD’s community cluster is designed to be a resource to the entire UD research community. Information Technologies (IT) provides the infrastructure, absorbs 50% of the cost of the cluster, and consolidates the purchasing to save the investors’ money. Investors only buy the computing power that they need without the ongoing financial liability of running and maintaining their own clusters.

What are the benefits of participating in a community cluster?

Becoming a stakeholder in the community cluster will give you flexibility in several aspects of your research. You can choose the level of participation that is right for you and you only pay for what you need. Additionally, since IT manages the cluster, you, and your research group are freed from system administration and from the cluster’s physical needs. See a full list of benefits.

What are the specifications of the community clusters?

Each cluster is designed with the specifications of researchers in mind.

  • Mills specifications
  • Farber specifications

If you would like to have input into the design of the next community cluster, submit our cluster interest form.

How can I purchase nodes on the cluster?

Currently, no nodes are available for purchase on Farber or Mills. However, we are interested in your computing needs and interest in purchasing for the next cluster. We are interested in responding to emerging HPC technologies and UD’s research needs. Contact us for purchasing inquiries. A list of stakeholders is available for Mills and Farber.

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