Cluster Computing

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As a leader in high performance computing and networking, OSC is a vital resource for Ohio's scientists and engineers. OSC’s cluster computing capabilities make it a fully scalable center with mid-range machines to match those found at National Science Foundation centers and other national labs.

OSC provides statewide resources to help researchers making discoveries in a vast array of scientific disciplines. Beyond providing shared statewide resources, OSC works to create a user-focused, user-friendly environment for our clients.

Collectively, OSC supercomputers provide a peak computing performance of 1,048 teraflops. The center also offers more than five petabytes of disk storage capacity distributed over several file systems, plus 5.5 petabytes of backup tape storage.

Technical Specifications

  • Owens Cluster: A 23,392-core Dell Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 machine
    • 28 cores per node and 128 GB of memory per node
    • 16 nodes have 1.5 TB of memory and 48 cores, for large Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) style jobs
    • 160 nodes have NVIDIA Pascal P100 GPUs
    • Theoretical system peak performance 750 teraflops (CPU only)

  • Ruby Cluster: A 4,800-core HP Intel Xeon machine
    • 20 cores per node and 64GB of memory per node
    • One node has 1 TB of memory and 32 cores, for large SMP style jobs
    • ​20 nodes have NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPUs

  • Oakley Cluster: An 8,300-plus core HP Intel Xeon machine
    • 12 cores per node and 48 GB of memory per node (8 nodes have 192 GB of memory)
    • One node has 1 TB of memory and 32 cores, for large SMP style jobs
    • 64 nodes have 2 NVIDIA Tesla M2070 GPUs

  • GPU Computing: All OSC systems now support GPU Computing. Specific information is given on each cluster's page.
    • Oakley: 128 NVIDIA Tesla M2070 (two each on 64 nodes)
    • Ruby: 20 NVIDIA Tesla K40
    • Owens: 160 NVIDIA Pascal P100

Getting Started

To request a fully subsidized account you must be a full-time faculty member or research scientist at an Ohio college or university. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, lab members and other colleagues seeking access to OSC resources must be working with an eligible primary investigator.


Available Software

OSC has a variety of software applications to support all aspects of scientific research as well as licenses via our statewide software program.

Technical Support

OSC provides experts to assist with individual client requests from a 24/7 support desk to Level 2 advanced support. 

Getting Started

Welcome to OSC! If you are new to supercomputing, new to OSC, or simply interested in getting an account (if you don't already have one), we have some resources to help you.

Online Portals

With OSC OnDemand for managing compute resources to the MyOSC administrative site, OSC provides a number of web portals for ease of access.


OSC facilitators focus on research support, education and outreach to provide key services to Ohio’s academic and industrial research communities.

Research Proposal Partnership

We can help you with your proposal submission. We provide letters of commitment, boilerplate descriptions of our resources, quotes for specialized services, proposal reviews and more.