High-Performance Scientific Computing (Biowulf)

To meet the rapidly growing scientific computing requirements of NIH's Intramural Research Program (IRP), NIH has invested in a significant expansion of its enterprise high-performance computing (HPC) capability. NIH’s expanded HPC capability provides the computational and storage capacity necessary to meet the large-scale data analysis demands of genomics, molecular simulation, imaging, and proteomics research. Initially, only 2,300 computing nodes, NIH's HPC capability now provides more than 60,000 computational cores and four petabytes of storage to support computationally intensive research. CIT’s HPC service area leads the NIH Biowulf cluster expansion. Additional improvements include:

  • A faster connection (100 gigabits per second) from Biowulf to the modernized NIH network to support faster data transfers
  • Advanced computational support and training to Principal Investigators and computational scientists in the Intramural Research Program
  • A broad communication and coordination support network across the NIH scientific community
  • An agile suite of more than 400 biomedical applications and tools, which will change over time in response to the evolving research needs of the NIH scientific community
  • NIH’s investment in HPC provides a modern and robust technology platform that extends improved capability to the intramural biomedical research community in support of innovation and discovery.  

More information about NIH’s HPC capability can be found at the service area page for HPC Services.

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