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TTS Research Computing Resources




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1. Tufts High-performance computing research cluster


What is a Cluster?

Cluster computing is the result of connecting many local computers (nodes) together via a high speed connection to provide a single shared resource. Its distributed processing system allows complex computations to run in parallel as the tasks are shared among the individual processors and memory. Applications that are capable of utilizing cluster systems break down the large computational tasks into smaller components that can run in serial or parallel across the cluster systems, enabling a dramatic improvement in the time required to process large problems and complex tasks.

Typical Cluster Usage at Tufts

Faculty, Research Staff and students use this resource in support of a variety of research projects. See how.


Grant Applications related information

Content to support applications can be found here.

Cluster User Accounts

Click Account Information for additional information about cluster accounts.

Orientation for new cluster users

This content is for someone that has never used linux or time share mainframes or super computing centers.


Research Cluster Restrictions

Conditions and use of the research cluster include and are not limited to the following expectations. Additional related details may be found throughout this page.


no user root access

supported OS is RedHat 6 Enterprise version

no user ability to reboot node(s)

all cluster login access is via the login headnode

no user machine room access to cluster hardware

no alternative linux kernels other than the current REDHAT version

no access to 10Gig Ethernet network hardware or software

no user cron or at access

no user servers/demons such as: HTTP(apache), FTP. etc.

Cluster quality of service is managed through slurm

all user jobs destined for compute nodes are submitted via slurm  commands

all compute nodes follow a naming convention

only Tufts Technology Services NFS approved research storage is supported

idle nodes are scheduled by slurm

no user contributed direct connect storage such as usb memory, or external disks

only limited outgoing Internet access from the headnode will be allowed; exceptions must be reviewed

allow approximate 2-week turn around for software requests

whenever possible, commercial software limit to the two most recent versions

Only user home directories and optional research NFS mounted storage is backed up

temporary public storage file systems have no quota and are subject to automated file deletions

Cluster does not export file systems to user desktops

Cluster does not support Virtual Machine instances


Recent Cluster News

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Cluster Storage Options

Click here for details.

Network Concurrent Software Licenses

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Support venue

If you have any questions about cluster related usage, applications, or assistance with software, please contact

MODULES: Cluster software environment

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Installed Cluster Software

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Compilers, Editors, etc...

Click here

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs:


Cluster Connections/Logins

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Parallel programming related information

Click here

User Account related FAQs:

Click here

X based graphics FAQs

Click here

Application specific Information FAQs

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Linux and cluster information FAQs

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Compilation FAQs

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Miscellaneous FAQs

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How do Tufts students and faculty make use of the cluster?

See How

2. Bioinformatics services

A separate server is used to support these services in some cases. However some software may require installation on the linux research cluster. Check the Installed Software for Bioinformatic software available on the cluster. To make a special request for software installation, please follow the instructions as noted elsewhere on this page.

Emboss services can be found here




Tufts GIS Center



Tufts GIS Center and resources can be found here.