Computing Facilites

Kellogg researchers have access to several different research computing systems. Here is an overview of these systems, with some guidance to help you find the right platform for the right job.

Kellogg Linux Cluster (KLC)

KLC is the best research computing option for most people at Kellogg. These Linux servers provide access to dozens of scientific computing software packages, dozens of CPU cores, large amounts of working memory, and hundreds of TB of networked storage for your code and data.

These servers are available to Kellogg faculty, PhD students, and other research affiliates.

Quest High Performance Computing Cluster

Northwestern manages a very large Linux cluster with more than 10,000 CPU cores across hundreds of compute nodes that are shared campus wide. This is your best option when you need to run dozens (or hundreds) of parallel processes.

Running large scale jobs on Quest typically requires that you first apply for a Research Allocation, and then you submit your jobs via bash script into a scheduling queue. Feel free to reach out to Research Support for help with either step.

Kellogg Application Server (KAP02)

Kellogg also provides a Windows server that is exclusively for researchers who need to work with certain healthcare economics datasets or other regulated data that reside on it.

Kellogg Data Center (KDC02)

The Kellogg Data Center was a system running Microsoft SQL Server. It was retired in July, 2023. Kellogg now hosts large datasets either on KLC or through cloud-based services.

Computer Labs

Kellogg also maintains a computer lab in room 2415 of the Global Hub, where you will find Windows computers running the Bloomberg Terminal application as well as other commonly used scientific computing applications.

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