HBS Compute Grid

Why use the HBS research grid?

The HBS research grid is an advanced computing environment that provides high-speed, high-capacity computing resources to enable HBS researchers to effectively and efficiently conduct statistical analysis and programming. The HBS research grid can help if:

  • You wish to run software interactively that requires computing power (RAM or CPUs) equal to or more than one's desktop or laptop.
  • You wish to free your laptop/desktop for routine daily productivity tasks.
  • You wish to analyze or transform large datasets sitting on the research storage spaces with computing resources local to that data.
  • You wish to work with data in the research MariaDB database.
  • You wish to run a piece of code hundreds of times for a parameter sweep, optimization, or model fitting.
  • You wish to work on research project with collaborators from across the world.

Features of the compute grid include:

  • Provides free access to statistical software and programming environments with a single point of access from on- or off-campus.
  • Allows each user to run up to 12 jobs (or CPUs if using multi-threaded applications) and use 80GB of memory concurrently by default. Jobs will queue if either of these allowances are exceeded and will run when resources are freed.
  • Allows one to start interactive jobs that continue to run even if the network connection is lost.
  • Offers a secure and backed-up place to store and analyze large data sets. Both HBS and non-HBS collaborators can be granted access to your data upon request.
  • Provides redundancy to avoid a single point of failure, thereby reducing the need for maintenance outages.
  • Is easily scalable to expand computing resources.