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The Smithsonian Institution High Performance Cluster (SI/HPC), informally known as "Hydra" is the primary high performance computing resource at the Smithsonian Institution.

  • It is housed at the Herndon Data Center and is supported by OCIO and SAO.
  • Hydra is a Beowulf cluster consisting of
    • nearly 4,000 CPU cores,
    • distributed over 80+ compute nodes,
    • totaling over 24TB of total RAM,
    • all interconnected using 10GbE and InfiniBand
  • It is connected some 3PB of high availability or high performance or near-line disk space (NetApp, GPFS and NAS respectively).

Citing Hydra

If you have used Hydra for work that will be a part of a scholarly or professional publication, please cite it.

We recommend that you include the following text in your paper citing Hydra using its formal name:

"The computations in this paper were conducted on the Smithsonian High Performance Cluster (SI/HPC)". 

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