BECAT

Background

In 2011 the UConn School of Engineering, in collaboration with the Booth Engineering Center for Advanced Technology (BECAT), invested in the largest High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster on the Storrs campus.  This cluster has received continual improvement in both operational efficiency and resources expansion.  The cluster is serving as the catalyst for research in computationally intensive disciplines related to the university’s ambitious initiatives, including the UConn Technology Park, Next Generation Connecticut, and Bioscience Connecticut.

Users

Over 200 active researchers from:

  • School of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Medicine
  • Institute of Materials Science

The cluster is available for use by all UConn faculty and staff.

Delivery

The cluster service is offered through BECAT, a university designated center.  BECAT is led by Dr. Sanguthevar Rajasekaran.  Cluster operations are managed by School of Engineering staff.

Access to cluster resources is provided through a prioritized queuing system.  Low priority access to resources is provided at no cost to faculty, or their graduate students, under the discretion of the BECAT director.  High priority access is available under a “condo model”, where faculty are able to purchase semi-dedicated nodes which get made available to all users when there are unused compute cycles.