Increasing the Power of High-Performance Computing at Tufts

Randolph Pfaff
Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:30am

In recent years, technology news outlets have focused significant attention on Big Data, an all-encompassing term for how researchers collect, store, and analyze increasingly large sets of information. What gets far less attention is the careful, behind-the-scenes planning necessary to support this kind of research.

The TTS Research and Geospatial Technology Services team spent the summer working on a planned triennial upgrade to the Tufts Research Cluster, a large set of connected computers that provides the processing power behind much of the data-driven research at Tufts. This upgrade prepares Tufts for future high-performance computing needs by creating a new cluster that increases capacity and standardizes work load scheduling using software commonly found at other supercomputing centers.

Migration of the current cluster hardware to the new cluster will occur in three stages during Fall semester on the following dates:

  • October 15
  • November 12
  • December 10

Lionel Zupan, director of Research and Geospatial Technology Services, encourages cluster users to submit jobs to the existing cluster ( and the new cluster ( during the migration to make the transition as painless as possible. Users should notice few disruptions in service during the migration and there is no need to manually move data or to change usernames and passwords.

Click here for more detailed information and documentation about the new cluster. Training sessions will also be held throughout the Fall semester. Please direct specific questions or concerns to