The Center’s IT infrastructure consists of over 400 CentOS Linux workstations and 150 Windows and Macintosh desktops in offices and labs owned by individual research groups. There is a server farm with over 90 Linux servers that handles central storage, email, web, print, as well as specialized processing for specific research groups. The overall storage capacity of the center, including disks in local workstations and central storage, exceeds 3 petabytes.

The Center has a 90-node computing cluster for batch analysis jobs. Each node consists of two Quad Core Xeon E5472 3.0 GHz CPUs with 32GB of RAM, which together equal a total of 1024 compute cores available for batch jobs.

The IT facilities are supported by a small IT staff comprising one full-time PhD-level manager, who directs three full-time system administrators and a part-time support technician. The Center also has three full-time programmers who support in-house-developed software for data analysis and management.

Available commercial software includes AVS (Advanced Visual Systems, Waltham, MA), MATLAB (The MathWorks, Natick, MA) and MEDx (Sensor Systems, Sterling, VA) for general-purpose computation, simulation and image analysis; and XWIN-NMR (Bruker BioSpin), Origin (OriginLab Corp., Northampton, MA), Nuts (Acorn NMR, Livermore, CA) for analysis of NMR spectra and the Siemens IDEA development environment for pulse sequences and image reconstruction software (Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). A substantial level of internal software development for image and data analysis is ongoing, using LAMP, C, C++, Java, FORTRAN, Ruby, Python, Perl and TCL/TK.

A few examples of specialized servers owned by different research groups at the center we manage:

  • NVIDIA DGX Station (20 cores, 246GB, 4x Tesla V100 GPUs)
  • Dell PowerEdge C4140 (10 cores, 768GB, 4x Tesla V100 GPUs)
  • Dell PowerEdge R730 (40 cores, 1.5TB, Tesla P100)
  • Exxact TensorEX TS4-672702 (32 cores, 1.5TB, 10x RTX 6000 GPUs)

(See also the Martinos Center Facilities page)

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