About the Life Science Compute Cluster

LiSC compute nodes

Computing at LiSC

The Life Science Compute Cluster is a medium-sized compute cluster on PC basis. It consists of head nodes for job testing and submission, compute nodes and a storage cluster.

In total the LiSC provides about 800 CPU cores, 800 TB storage space and up to 2 TB RAM per node. Copies of all relevant biological databases (such as NCBI nt and nr) are available as local copies on high-speed disks in all compute nodes.

The LiSC permanent data storage is configured as redundant NFS clusters, operated in active-active configurations. The LiSC temporary data storage consists of a parallel BeeGFS filesystem as well as local hard drive arrays in each compute node.

Hardware for services at LiSC

The Life Science Compute Cluster comprises two dedicated database servers and three redundant virtualization servers connected to storage area network with storage arrays. Virtual machines are mainly used to operate our publicly available resources, such as web portals, databases and bioinformatics tools.