Now installed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA, the DCO Computer Cluster comprises a PSSC Labs PowerWulf MMx Cluster with 640 Intel® Xeon® 2.4 GHz Compute Processor Cores and 544GB System Memory - 1GB Memory Per Compute Processor Core. The cluster (accessed via deepcarbon.rpi.edu) has 154TB of System Storage, a high-speed internal InfiniBand network, and a fast backup system. Providing all DCO Communities with state-of-the-art computer power for performing a wide range of calculations, the Linux cluster can run a variety of scientific programs aimed at modeling chemical and physical processes in deep Earth and carrying out data analyses. The cluster is currently managed by a team of DCO representatives under the technical guidance of Peter Fox, the DCO Data Science Team Leader, with scientific oversight from the Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community. Access to the cluster is available to all DCO researchers to use for targeted investigations. See this page for more information regarding access including the allocation request form. Questions about the DCO Computer Cluster may be directed to email@example.com.
Making high-end computational services available to DCO collaborators was identified as a critical issue for addressing DCO’s decadal goals. Soon after the DCO was launched, a clear consensus emerged that it should have its own computation center with a dedicated cluster that would enable it to organize and prioritize computational runs for DCO needs, without the long waiting times involved at national facilities. From chemical and physical modeling to genomic analyses, the DCO Computer Cluster can run numerous software packages and scientific programs for theoretical calculations of C-bearing phase structures and properties, geodynamics calculations, thermochemical modeling, and other computations.