Computer Facilities and Laboratory

Computing Facilities

The Department of Physics & Astronomy has several computing resources available for use by faculty, students and staff. We currently have two Linux high performance computers (HPC’s) in the department.  Galileo is a Dell R720xd with 384GB of RAM, two Xeon E5-2570 processors, and 8TB of disk space.  Plasmon, currently in use for CeNO data analysis, is a Dell R730xd with 384GB of RAM, two Xeon E5-2670 processors, and 8TB of disk space.

In addition to departmental resources, Georgia State offers three enterprise based high performance computing resources for researchers (Principle Investigators) use. Accounts must be requested by Principle Investigators (PI) who can also manage non-PI requested accounts for students. Each high performance computer has specific data processing storage limitations, please see Research Computing.

Grid Computing

Georgia State University is an active member of SURA, the Southeastern University Research Organization.

A consortium of over sixty universities, SURA operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility for the U.S. Department of Energy through Jefferson Science Associates – a SURA/Computer Sciences Corporation joint venture dedicated to supporting research activities. See Grid Computing.


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