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.
  • Storing, analyzing, and visualizing Level 3 or Level 4 sensitive data.
  • 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 outside of HBS.

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 large numbers of jobs using single or multiple cores, and jobs with large memory requests. 
  • 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, including those with confidential or personally-identifiable information. 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.


Updated 4/11/19