Computing Facilities

Computing

  • Kellogg Linux Cluster (KLC) is a set of three Linux servers, each having 28 CPU cores and 1.5TB RAM.  They share 80TB of storage.  The cluster is available to all Kellogg researchers.
  • Kellogg Data Center (KDC) allows storing and processing large amounts of data in a user-friendly Windows environment.  Research Support staff can help you migrate your data into a high-performance MS SQL database and connect it to applications like STATA, SAS, or Matlab.  The KDC contains 120 CPUs, 2TB of RAM, and 300 TB of data storage.
  • Quest High Performance Computing Cluster: This huge Linux cluster consists of 679 compute nodes (with 16,028 CPU cores and 128GB RAM per node). Several dozen high-performance GPUs are also available in Quest.  All Northwestern researchers are eligible to apply for Quest computing and storage allocations. Users are given a default quota of 80GB in their home directory, but additional storage may be requested for large projects.
  • Kellogg maintains two computer labs, one in the Global Hub and one in Wieboldt Hall. Some machines in the two labs are labeled "special software" and include statistical and other research-related software packages.
  • NUworkspace: NUworkspace is a Microsoft Windows virtual machine "farm." NUworkspace allows researchers to log into a Windows server remotely with access to a suite of selected software packages as well as access to network storage and the drives on the user's personal computer. The cluster is a collaborative venture between the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Kellogg School of Management.
  • Skew5 (retiring soon): Skew5 is the predecessor to the KLC. It is a Dell PowerEdge 6850 server, running Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release. It has four six core Intel Xeon processors. The total RAM space of Skew is 256GB, and the total storage available is 20TB. Skew5 is being replaced by the KLC.
  • Social Science Computing Cluster (SSCC) (retiring soon): This is a Linux environment with access to 260 AMD Opteron CPUs and 4GB of RAM per node in each compute node. Users get a quota of of 5GB by default and can run up to 8 concurrent jobs in batch. The SSCC is funded jointly by NUIT, the Weinberg College or Arts & Sciences and the Kellogg School of Management.  SSCC has been superseded by Quest.


Additional Data storage

  • Northwestern Box provides 30 GB of individual, flexible online space for storing or sharing files at no additional cost to schools, departments, or individuals. All Box content can be accessed online from computers or mobile devices.