Datacenter at Bigelow Laboratory

High Performance Computing


Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences's High Performance Computer Cluster (HPCC), Charlie, is designed to handle a diverse range of scientific data processing needs. Charlie consists of six high performance nodes with a combined 576 processor cores, 6 TB of memory (RAM) and access to 800 TB of onsite storage.


1280 threads 6 TB memory 800 TB storage

Compute Nodes

Charlies currently features six Dell R840s, each with four Intel Xeon Platinum 8168 processors (2.7GHz, 24C, 33MB cache) and one terabyte of memory. One node is dedicated to development and one hosts an NDVIA A100 GPU (80GB 1935GBps memory).


Charlie's nodes are interconnected using a 10Gbps network. They are connected to the internet using a fast 1Gbps fiber network. Bigelow is also connected to the national Internet 2 and the local MaineREN networks that link research and educational institutions directly together in order to reduce latency and increase speed/performance when sharing resources.


At the heart of Charlie's Rocky Linux-based software environment is PBS Pro. PBS Pro is a scheduling system that allocates resources to HPCC jobs based on availability, priority, and permissions. Charlie uses environment modules to provide access to many bioinformatics tools, including BLAST, VirSorter, and dada2, in addition to general applications such as R, Python, and OpenMPI.


Charlie has been supported by multiple grants, including from the National Science Foundation's Division of Biological Infrastructure and the Simons Foundation.