Information Technology Services Centre - Research Computing
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    Research Computing

    We aim to provide update computing facility and to serve the university researchers with optimal solutions. Our objectives are:

    1. To provide Research Computing services for university researchers
    2. To install and tune applications for departmental users
    3. To liaison and collaborate with other departments to build the University research infrastructure


    Available to


    Service Charge and Application
    Charged service; application required, please write to ITSC Service Desk (Research Computing Team).


    Service Availability
    Office hours


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    1. Research Computing Platform


    Types of Computing Nodes System Configuration
    High core frequency 12-core node

    Dell R620 Server

    • Intel Dual E5-2643v2 3.5 GHz (6-core), 64 GB Memory
    16-core nodes

    Two Dell R620 servers

    • Intel Dual E5-2640v2 2.0 GHz (8-core), 64 GB Memory

    Eight IBM X3550M4 servers

    • Intel Dual Xeon E5-2660 2.2 GHz (8-core), 64 GB Memory


    Disk Storage System

    • EMC Isilon X200 Scale-Out Storage, 40 TB for this platform
    • IBM System Storage DS3512, 15 TB for this platform


    Network Switches

    • Cisco Nexus 5000 series switches
    • Cisco Catalyst 4900 series switch
    • Dell Networking N4000 series switches


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    1. Research Computing Software

    We provide free-installation services of application coming with authorized license. The following lists the language compilers, parallel tools, libraries and popular applications which have installed for previous users. Most of them are being run by the researchers.

    Names Language Compilers / Parallel Tools / Libraries
    Language Compilers

    GNU and Intel /C/C++ and Fortran compilers;Java compiler.

    Parallel Tools

    OpenMPI, MPICH, OpenMP

    Libraries Intel Math Kernel Library, Sci/Math Libraries
    Resource Manager and scheduler Torque and Maui


    Focus Areas Applications / Codes

    Astronomy /Particle Physics 

    Automated Docking Tool Autodock
    Computational Chemistry Gaussian 09
    Genomics BLAST
    Life Science Bowtie, Miranda
    Life Science - Molecular Dynamics AMBER
    Mathamatics Matlab

    Statistical Computing and graphics 

    R, Parallel R, SAS 9.4
    Weather / Climate CESM, WRF, CMAX, GEOS-Chem


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    1. Fee-Charging Research Computing Services

    These research computing services are not supported by the central block grant and are therefore subject to fee charging. Based on availability of manpower and computing resources, Research Computing Team will endeavor to provide the services on request.


    Self-Financed Computing Services 
    It is for the researchers who acquire Self-financed computing resources.

    Research Computing Team entertains the researchers who enquire or request to:

    • purchase computing resources such as CPU time, disk storage and memory allocation; and
    • purchase server hosting service.


    Professional Services 
    It is for the researchers who acquire professional services for computing system configuration planning, acquisition support and implementation project.

    Research Computing Team entertains the researchers who enquire or request to:

    • plan and acquire department owned computing resources; and
    • install and setup and administer such computing resources.


    Advisory Services 
    It is for the researchers who request advisory services about computing system

    Research Computing Team entertains the researchers who request advisory services such as consultation, use of software, training, project discussion, budgeting, and etc.