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High-Performance Computing

The FNNDSC maintains an Ubuntu Linux-based high-performance computing (HPC) cluster named PICES (Pediatric Imaging Cluster for Exploratory Science).

The cluster is used by the FNNDSC for its own computational needs and is also used by several other research labs at Children’s Hospital Boston. The cluster is currently made up of five HP WS460c G6 Workstation Blades. Each blade is equipped with 36GB RAM and two Intel® Xeon® X5550 @2.67 Ghz 8-Thread (4 Core) CPUs for a total of 80 threads and 180GB RAM. Two of the five blades are equipped with NVIDIA QUADRO FX 5800 4GB CUDA and OpenCL-compatible GPUs via a PCIe Graphics Expansion blade. Rentable storage space is provided for each lab using the cluster by Research Computing on a Network Attached Storage device that can be mounted via NFS from any of the cluster nodes and is attached via multiple gigabit ethernet connections. FNNDSC also provides it own storage space including two 14TB RAID-5 servers (28TB total).

If interested in using the PICES HPC for your own CHB-based research, please contact us.

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