A cluster is a group of servers (also known as compute nodes) that are managed as a single system. The use of clusters enables researchers to utilize large numbers of identically configured nodes for parallel jobs, or single nodes and single CPU cores for serial jobs. NYU HPC maintains the following clusters:
Each cluster is made up of computers known as nodes. There are two major types of nodes: login nodes and compute nodes.
Login nodes are used for file editing, data transfer, light compiling and debugging, and initiating batch and interactive sessions via the scheduler.
Compute nodes are used for running batch jobs via the scheduler and interactive sessions. User access to compute nodes is available only via the scheduler process.
All NYU HPC resources are accessed via a secure bastion host. The bastion host is a secure landing pad that leads to the clusters' login nodes.
Which Cluster Should I Use?
NYU HPC offers a variety of production and experimental level services for the research community. Here are some guidelines for selecting the best cluster to meet your project requirements.
If you are still not sure which cluster is best for your needs, you are welcome to discuss your computational requirements with the HPC staff. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.