Jane Caviness, director of the University of Delaware’s Academic Computing Services in the 1980s and who later oversaw the implementation of the NSF Network (NSFNET) backbone, photographed with an eponymously named community computing cluster in IT’s Chapel Street computing center. The Caviness Community Cluster is UD’s third High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster and came online in October of 2018 for UD research use.


The University of Delaware’s newest high performance computing (HPC) community cluster, named Caviness, puts vast computational power at researchers’ disposal.

Named for Jane Caviness, a former UD employee and leader of a ground-breaking expansion of UD’s computing resources and network infrastructure, the Caviness cluster packs twice the computational power of previous community clusters Mills and Farber in just one quarter of the floorspace in a data center.

Caviness, and potentially all of UD’s HPC clusters, will benefit from the forthcoming upgrades to UD’s network, as described in UDaily in December. That means researchers will have access to new high-bandwidth capabilities which will provide increased speeds in downloading and uploading data.

Constructed by UD’s Information Technology (UDIT) department, Caviness’s powerful design offers a more robust computing environment to UD researchers.

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