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Nobel: a new entry-level computational resource at Princeton

Meet Nobel, the new interactive computational Linux cluster. 

The Nobel cluster has many similarities to the recently decommissioned Unix and Linux public login servers: tombstone, sixtyfour, lxiv, and hats. The systems, which are named after Princeton University Nobel laureates (currently, "Compton," named after Arthur H. Compton, a physicist who received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton and, "Davisson," named after Clinton Davisson, who received his Ph.D. degree from Princeton), provide a great entry point for computational researchers and students. Each user’s home directory on these servers is their familiar H: drive, and the servers provide access to commercially-licensed software, such as Matlab and Mathematica.  These systems are ideally suited for use in teaching and coursework, as well as moderate computational tasks that may be too disruptive to run on a laptop or workstation.

The key differences between the new Nobel cluster and the systems it replaces center around the core focus of the cluster. This cluster is designed to be an entry level for the continuum of computational resources provided in the TIGRESS High Performance Computing Center. The Nobel servers share a common operation system  (PU_IAS Linux) with the higher-end resources that comprise TIGRESS, and the support for these systems is provided by the Computational Science and Engineering Support group. As researchers and students grow in their computational expertise and resource needs, they can easily transition from Nobel to the small computational cluster, Adroit. Eventually researchers can transition to the more powerful computational resources in TIGRESS through a proposal process described at www.princeton.edu/researchcomputing/access.

For more information about high performance computing at Princeton, see the TIGRESS High Performance Computing Center website.