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Bioinformatics Hardware Resources at the University of Louisville

University of Louisville Cardinal Research Cluster

The Cardinal Research Cluster (CRC) includes a high-performance distributed-memory cluster, a high-memory SMP machine, an informatics data management system, a visualization server, and other support servers. The distributed-memory cluster has 312 IBM iDataplex nodes with a total of 2496 processor cores. The SMP machine has 16 IBM Power6 CPUs and 128 GB of memory. The visualization server contains two quad-core AMD Opteron processors and an nVidia Quadro FX5600 graphics processing unit with 128 processor cores. The Informatics data management system has 20 TB of dedicated storage and is optimized for transaction processing in Oracle along with provided MySQL database management systems. All research systems share 100 TB of data storage and archiving space. All the systems are housed in the University's secure data center and are be administered by a team of specialized HPC system administrators supported by a team of research computing consultants with experience in HPC software and database design, development and optimization.

See the HPC Account Application to request an account or a sponsored account.

Dell Visualization Wall

The University of Louisville Bioinformatics Laboratory has an 18 display, 3x6 Dell visualization wall for scientific visualization, such as viewing high resolution in-situ hybridization images. The visualization wall consists of nine Dell PowerEdge 2950 servers with Intel Xeon 5400 series processors and another PowerEdge 2950 server as the master node. The 18 display units in the wall are Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP wide screen monitors. Dell PowerConnect 6224 Ethernet switches provide the interconnect.

KyBRIN Bioinformatics Cluster

The KyBRIN Bioinformatics Cluster ( is a hybrid cluster system for developmental bioinformatics use for reseasrchers throughout Kentucky. The first generation cluster was built with 16 dual AMD 2400 nodes. An additioanl eight dual processor, dual core opteron nodes with 24 GB memory each have subsequently been added. Two RAID storage arrays are currently attached to KBRIN, offering 4 TB of storage and an additional 23 TB storage array used primarily for short term data and system backups. Use of the cluster is intended for researchers and students throughout the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) in order to further the development of bioinformatics education and research. The cluster is currently located at the Dahlem Supercomputer Center at the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering.

To request an account, please fill in the account request form

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