High Performance Computing — HPC

Shared supercomputing resources for Columbia researchers.

Also known as HPC and Shared HPC.

CUIT’s High Performance Computing service provides a cluster of computing resources that power transactions across numerous research groups and departments at the University, as well as additional projects and initiatives as demand and resources allow. The Shared Research Computing Policy Advisory Committee (SRCPAC) oversees the operation of existing HPC clusters through faculty-led subcommittees. SRCPAC is also responsible for the governance of the Shared Research Computing Facility (SCRF) as well as making policy recommendations for shared research computing at the University.

The following organizations are available to support research initiatives at Columbia:

Please note that HPC service is available 24x7. Downtimes for maintenance may be scheduled every 3 months. The duration of these planned outages varies but is typically less than a day and is announced to users in advance.

Ginsburg Shared HPC Cluster

Ginsburg went live in February 2021 and is a joint purchase by 33 research groups and departments. 

The cluster is faculty-governed by the cross-disciplinary SRCPAC and is administered and supported by CUIT’s Research Computing Services (RCS) team.

139 nodes with a total of 4448 cores (32 cores per node):

All servers are equipped with Dual Intel Xeon Gold 6226R processors (2.9 GHz):

  • 87 Standard Nodes (192 GB)
  • 30 High Memory Nodes (768 GB)
  • 18 RTX 8000 GPU nodes (2 GPUs modules per server)
  • 4 V100S GPU nodes (2 GPU modules per server)
  • 570TB of DDN ES7790 Lustre storage
  • EDR Infiniband 
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
  • Slurm job scheduler

Terremoto Shared HPC Cluster

The Terremoto cluster was launched in December 2018, and is located in the Columbia University Data Center. 

The cluster is faculty-governed by the cross-disciplinary SRCPAC and is administered and supported by CUIT’s Research Computing Services (RCS) team.

137 nodes with a total of 3288 cores (24 cores per node)

Dell C6420 nodes with dual Intel Xeon Gold 6126 Processor (2.6 Ghz):

  • 111 Standard Nodes (192 GB)
  • 14 High Memory Nodes (768 GB)
  • 12 GPU Nodes with two Nvidia V100 GPU modules
  • EDR Infiniband
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Slurm job scheduler
Habanero HPC Cluster logo

Habanero Shared HPC Cluster

The Habanero cluster was launched in November 2016. It is available for annual purchase cycles, rental, or free shares. It is also available for classroom teaching. The cluster is faculty-governed by the cross-disciplinary SRCPAC and is administered and supported by CUIT’s Research Computing Services (RCS) team.

302 nodes with a total of 7248 cores (24 cores per node)

HP ProLiant XL170r Gen9 nodes with dual Intel E5-2650v4 Processors (2.2 GHz):

  • 234 standard memory nodes (128 GB)
  • 41 high memory nodes (512 GB)
  • 14 GPU nodes each have two Nvidia K80 GPUs
  • 13 GPU nodes each have two Nvidia P100 GPUs
  • 640 TB DDN GS7K GPFS storage
  • EDR Infiniband (FDR to storage)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Slurm job scheduler

Yeti Shared HPC Cluster

Yeti, retired in 2019, was located in the Shared Research Computing Facility (SRCF), a dedicated portion of the university data center on the Morningside campus.

Hotfoot Shared HPC Cluster

Hotfoot, now retired, was launched in 2009 as a partnership among: the departments of Astronomy & AstrophysicsStatistics, and Economics plus other groups represented in the Social Science Computing Committee (SSCC); the Stockwell LaboratoryCUIT; and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research; and Arts & Sciences.

In later years the cluster ran the Torque/Moab resource manager/scheduler software and consisted of 32 nodes which provided 384 cores for running jobs. The system also included a 72 TB array of scratch storage.

CUIT offers four ways to leverage the computing power of our High Performance Computing resources.

Please note: Morningside, Lamont, and Nevis faculty and research staff are eligible for the Purchase option. Morningside, Lamont, and Nevis faculty, research staff, and sponsored students are eligible for the Rent and Free options.


Researchers may purchase servers and storage during periodic purchase opportunities scheduled and approved by faculty and administration governance committees. A variety of purchasing options are available with pricing tiers that reflect the level of computing capability purchased. Purchasers receive higher priority than others leveraging the HPC.

For more information on this option, please email rcs@columbia.edu.

An individual researcher may pay a set fee for a share of the system for one year as a single user with the ability to use additional computing capacity as it is available, based on system policies and availability. The current price is set at $1000/year.

Submit a request form for an HPC rental request now.

Researchers, including graduate students, post-docs, and sponsored undergraduates may use the system on a low-priority, as-available basis. User support for this option will be provided on a best-effort basis only, with use of the online documentation strongly encouraged.

Submit a request form for free HPC access now.

Instructors teaching a course or workshop addressing an aspect of computational research may request temporary access for their students. Access will typically be arranged in conjunction with a class project or assignment.

Submit a request form for HPC Education access now.

Current HPC contacts can request access to their HPC group for a new user by emailing hpc-support@columbia.edu. This option is available to current authorized contacts only.


All Columbia faculty members and postdoctoral researchers who are eligible principal investigators (PIs) can contact RCS to inquire about joining our XSEDE national HPC test allocation as a first step to obtaining their own allocation. See http://www.xsede.org/ for more information and email rcs@columbia.edu for inquiries.