The National Institute for Computational Sciences

Computing Resources


Darter is a Cray XC30 system with Aries and Sonexion technology for the interconnect and storage respectively, that provide both high scalability and sustained performance.

Up since
Tue Feb 9 08:03pm ET


Beacon is an energy efficient cluster that utilizes Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. Beacon provides 768 conventional cores and 11,520 accelerator cores that provide over 210 TFLOP/s of combined computational performance, 12 TB of system memory, 1.5 TB of coprocessor memory, and over 73 TB of SSD storage, in aggregate.

Up since
Tue Feb 9 06:45pm ET


NICS archival storage facilities are provided by HPSS, comprising approximately 17 PB of long-term storage. HPSS is available on Darter and Nautilus.

Up since
Sat Jun 04 10:25am ET

Decommissioned Systems


Nautilus was decommissioned on May 1, 2015. For more information, see Nautilus Decommission FAQs below.

Nautilus is a shared-memory data analysis and visualization system based on the SGI Ultraviolet architecture. It consists of one SGI UV1000 with 128 8-core Intel Xeon processors, 4 TB of memory, and 8 GPUs; and four SGI UV10s, each with four 8-core Intel Xeon processors, 128 GB of memory, and 2 GPUs.


Kraken was decommissioned on April 30, 2014.