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What is an HPC cluster
An HPC cluster is a collection of many separate servers (computers), called nodes, which are connected via a fast interconnect.
There may be different types of nodes for different types of tasks.
Each of the HPC clusters listed on this site has
- headnode or login node, where users log in
- specialized data transfer node
- regular compute nodes (where majority of computations is run)
- "fat" compute nodes that have at least 1TB of memory
- GPU nodes (on these nodes computations can be run both on CPU cores and on a Graphical Processing Unit)
- an Infiniband switch to connect all nodes
All cluster nodes have the same components as a laptop or desktop: CPU cores, memory and disk space. The difference between personal computer and a cluster node is in quantity, quality and power of the components.
Users login from their computers to the cluster headnode using the ssh program.
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