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The Orchestra Shared Research Cluster
To provide flexible high performance computing power for computational
research at Harvard
The Orchestra shared research cluster is a service provided by the Research Information Technology Group (RITG) at HMS. Utilizing the Linux operating system and LSF queuing and cluster software from Platform Computing, Orchestra provides an open and powerful environment for researchers to conduct computational research. Researchers may choose from a library of common biocomputing applications that are pre-configured on the cluster, can recommend additional applications to be included for all researchers, and in some cases arrangements can be made to install commercial software with special licensing arrangements for a lab or group. The cluster will also communicate with other clusters at HMS and elsewhere on an experimental basis.
For more detailed information about Orchestra's technical specifications and available applications, please visit the Orchestra wiki: http://wiki.med.harvard.edu/Orchestra
Please use this form to request an account on the Orchestra cluster.
Currently, system accounts and all related resources (e.g. storage, backups, network, technical support, data center hosting) are provided free of charge for all users, but fee-for-service charges may apply to those users who require especially large storage resources from the cluster. While HMS does reserve the right in the future to impose other fee-for-service charges as needed, it is our intention to keep services available for free as much as possible.
Computing infrastructure is no longer just a way of
supporting research – but it has becoming a critical tool for conducting
research. With the advent of
computational methods, the use of high performance computing methods is
essential to maintaining Harvard
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