Facilities-The McWilliams Center for Cosmology - Carnegie Mellon University


Scientists in the McWilliams Center use the McWilliams Center eScience video facility, to visualize massive cosmological datasets, both from survey telescope observations and from simulations. The facility is a high resolution LCD video wall, 10 feet wide by 4 feet high, with a 6.3 million pixel display. The system will has a rack-mounted, PC with a special graphics card (Nvidia Quadro FX 1800) that can handle the full resolution of the wall.


Parallel computer facilities play an important role in the research carried out at the Center. At present there are 3 large separate parallel Linux clusters physically located in the Center. Two clusters, named coma and warp (seen below) are ~1000 core class machines, with fast, 20 GB/s ethernet, several hundred TB Lustre filesystems. Several nodes have larged shared memory capability  (up to 1 TB each). Another specialized cluster, ferrari and several 100 core class machines are also available.