Foundation Services → Research

There are multiple local and UM System resources available to researchers at UMKC.

Local Resources

  • Sirius - A CentOS Linux virtual server intended to support long-duration compute-bound processes. It is configured with 8 processors, 64 GB of memory and 1.7 TB of local disk. Supported software includes MPICH and OpenMPI (Message Passing Interface), BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms), LAPACK (Linear Algebra Package), the R statistical computing environment, Perl/Ruby/PHP/Python/C programming environments, and MySQL database environment.
  • Joey - A high performance parallel computing cluster comprised of eight 8-core hyperthreaded 3GHz Intel Xeon physical servers with 148 GB of memory each and 1 TB of disk storage including a head node for user interaction and job control. Joey runs the latest edition of the Rocks Cluster Linux Distribution (based on CentOS Linux) and includes OpenMPI, R, the SLURM job queueing manager, a MySQL database, an Apache Web server, BLAS, LAPACK, Perl/Ruby/PHP/Python/C programming environments, SciPy scientific computing library, the GPAW density-functional theory (DFT) library, MatPlotLib, support for HDF4/5 data format, and ImageMagick raster and vector image processing software. Additional software is available on demand.

UM System Resources

  • General Purpose Research Storage (GPRS) - 10GB of storage is available free, and additional storage can be purchased at $10/TB/month
  • MU Research Computing Services systems - a heterogeneous computing environment hosting a number of general and specialized clusters. The environment consists of more than 5200 cores and 52 TB of RAM that has access to 700 TB of dedicated research data storage (Isilon) and 1 PB of General Purpose Research Storage (Isilon), which is accessible on the cluster and across campus. The cluster is connected to the Internet2 AL2S SDN network at 100Gigabits. Details available here.


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