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ServicebwForCluster MLS&WISO

New high performance computer Helix in operation

The bwForCluster Helix is now operational and is the successor of the bwForCluster MLS&WISO. Please note that the bwForCluster MLS&WISO will continue to operate in parallel with Helix until 23 September 2022, after which it will be shut down. For new research projects, please use the new cluster.
Service Catalog: bwForCluster Helix

High performance computer cluster for for molecular life sciences and economics and social sciences

The bwForCluster MLS&WISO is a compute cluster that scientists in the fields of molecular life sciences (MLS) and economics and social sciences (WISO) from all over Baden-Württemberg can use. The production part of the cluster is dedicated to research work, while the development part can be used for method development in the field of scientific computing.

The bwForCluster MLS&WISO is one of four bwForClusters in the state of Baden-Württemberg. According to the "Implementation Concept of the Universities of the state of Baden-Württemberg for High Performance Computing bwHPC", in addition to the basic provision system bwUniCluster, these clusters can be used statewide and by specific subject and research disciplines. The bwForCluster was funded by the Ministry for Sciences, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg (MWK) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Information about the concept and about access to the systems can be found in the bwHPC Wiki.

The Cluster is operated in locations in Heidelberg and Mannheim and is a joint project of the Computing Centre and the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR, responsible for the development part) at Heidelberg University as well as the Computing Centre of the University of Mannheim (RUM).

Target group

  • University employees
  • Students
  • Doctoral candidates
  • Researchers
  • External members (Researchers from throughout Baden-Württemberg)

Use

  • Performing complex computations and analyses on a high performance computing cluster for the fields of molecular life sciences (MLS) and economics and social sciences (WISO)
  • Method development for scientific computing in the development part of the cluster

Access and requirements

Registration is required for access. There is a detailed description of the procress for receiving user access to the bwForCluster  in the bwHPC Wiki.

Technical information

Production part (291.3 TFlop/s)

  • 472 standard nodes: 2x Intel Xeon Haswell with 8 cores, 2.4 GHz, 64 GB storage, 128 GB SSD, QDR (1:1)
  • 128 best nodes: 2x Intel Xeon Haswell with 8 cores, 2.6 GHz, 128 GB storage, 128 GB SSD, FDR (1:1)
  • 12 coprocessor nodes: 2x Intel Xeon Haswell with 8 cores, 2.4 GHz, 2x Intel Xeon Phi 5110P (60 cores), 64 GB storage, 128 GB SSD, FDR (1:1)
  • 4 fat nodes: 4x Intel Xeon IvyBridge with 8 cores, 2.6 GHz, 1 TB storage, 128 GB SSD, FDR (1:1)
  • Storage: 384 TB (BeeGFS) + 36 TB Home

Development part (222.7 TFlop/s)

  • 416 nodes: 2x Intel Xeon Haswell with 8 cores, 2.4 GHz, 64 GB storage, 120 GB SSD, QDR (1:1)
  • Storage: 63 TB, NFS
Schematic representation of bwForCluster