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A short orientation to the Cluster and what Tufts HPC is and is not

High Performance Computing(HPC) refers to the means of providing massive computing resources for tasks that are not suitable for desktops, laptops, iPads and portable devices. The Tufts Cluster is designed in a typical research cluster sense for both resource scalability and redundancy, redundancy and consistency with other HPC centers. Compute resources are shared amongst users and access to compute nodes are allocated by a job scheduling program that provides different levels of service.

The Tufts cluster does not support the following:


  • Web access, for example there is no Web interface for you to visit to use the cluster
  • desktop integration in the most transparent sense. : The cluster does not see any local devices on your computer such as printers,etc...
  • Adobe products
  • X11 Desktops - (various graphical interfaces)
  • remote desktops

The Tufts cluster does support the following:


  • distributed computing tasks via Platform LSF batch job scheduler
  • high performance network attached storage