PAOC's compute clusters provide students and researchers with enviable computing resources.
PAOC currently supports a number of systems, principle among which are the ACES, Darwin, eLorenz and Svante compute clusters.
ACES is a platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration between Earth science researchers and computer science researchers at MIT. For more information visit the cluster website.
Named for the Darwin Project, this facility was created as a resource for modeling upper ocean biological diversity and plankton population changes. The computational core is a 512 core cluster capable of performing 6 TFLOPS with a Terrabyte of memory and half a Petabyte of storage.
For more information, visit the Darwin Computational Facility wiki.
Named after Svante Arrhenius, the Swedish scientist who first speculated about fossil fuel emissions and the greenhouse effect, the Svante cluster is available for students, post-docs, and researchers affiliated with The Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change or The Center For Global Change Science.
For more information or to request an account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To provide a means of visualizing large single image fields, or simultaneously comparing multiple synchronous fields, researchers in PAOC has been developing and installing a growing number of "viz-walls".
The biggest installation, Viz-Wall-1, is a 10 x 6 matrix of 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution LCD's in the Stata Center. Funded as part of the Darwin Project, it provides an unparalleled tool for displaying the wealth of high-resolution images and movies generated in the course of PAOC's research activities. It also serves as a compelling outreach tool, housed as it is in a non-Earth-Sciences-centric part of campus. Under the hood (or rather behind the monitors) a head node manages processing and synchronous distribution of the component image fragments under each compute node. Two screens share one compute node between them.
The 4 x 4 screen initial prototype, Viz-Wall-0, can be found on the 16th floor of the Green Building where it is used as a teaching tool in the Synoptic Lab.
Viz-Wall-2 (Viz-Wall-1's 2 x 2 screen younger sibling) is located on the 15th Floor of the Green Building. Field tests of a touch-sensitive control screen are on-going so feel free to come and play...
The LCD walls are designed as a community facility. If you are interested in displaying information on them please contact Chris Hill or Oliver Jahn.