Purdue’s New Research Supercomputer
Fits Variety of Computational Needs
Purdue’s latest Community Cluster Program research supercomputer offers faculty
and campus units three computers in one designed to fit a variety of computational
The Rice cluster is for the high-performance computing most campus research-
ers do on the community clusters, employing applications that can benefit from a
parallel file system and high-speed networking.
Meanwhile, the Snyder cluster is designed for research computations,
notably from the life sciences, that need less performance but more
memory and copious, fast storage.
Finally, the Hammer cluster is designed for loosely coupled, high-
throughput, serial computations.
“If you need big memory or high throughput, this will be much better
for you,” says Preston Smith, director of research services and support
for ITaP Research Computing. “If you do high-performance parallel
computing, we’ve got you covered as always.”
Faculty can find out more about the new system by visiting
www.rcac.purdue.edu/purchase or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new cluster includes more processing power than Purdue’s last
community cluster, Conte, which opened up for general faculty use in
2014 and remains one of the most powerful supercomputers on any
The new system also offers better performance on floating point calculations and faster memory. In the Snyder portion, there will be a lot
more memory as well, up to 512 gigabytes. Standard nodes have 64 GB
with an optional graphics processing unit, or GPU, capable of greatly
accelerating some applications.
For more information on the community clusters, storage solutions for
research data and other research computing services, contact Preston
Smith, email@example.com or 765-494-9729.
The Names Behind the New Clusters
» Rice: named for John Rice, the W. Brooks Fortune
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science
and one of the earliest faculty members of the first-in-the-nation computer science program at Purdue.
» Snyder: named for agricultural economics Professor
James Snyder, a pioneer in applying quantitative
methods to agribusiness.
» Hammer: refers to the versatile tool Purdue Pete holds
in his hands.