Baylor University
Department of Geology
College of Arts and Sciences


Computing



Baylor’s Geology Department maintains state-of-the-art computational facilities in the Baylor Science Building has access to massively-parallel computing platforms that reside in the Information Technology Services server facility.

The Geology Department’s Teaching Lab (BSB D408) consists of 6 dual-boot multiple-processor workstations with 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and 64-bit Windows Enterprise operating systems and dual 27” monitors. A seventh Dell workstation drives a large-format color plotter.

The Geophysics Research Lab (BSB E453R) maintains 7 Dell Precision workstations with 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), 1 Dell workstation with 32-bit Windows XP, and 2 Mac workstations. The Dell workstations are outfitted with quad-core Intel Xeon X5472 processors (3GHz, 2x6M L2 cache, 1600 MHz FSB), each with 32 Gb DDR2 ECC SDRAM memory, dual 27" monitors, and 28 TB of hard drive capacity. One of the RHEL workstations has an nVidia GPU processor.

A wall of LCD screens displays real-time data from current seismograph deployments by Baylor seismologists, along with data from permanent broadband seismographic stations that are located in regions under study by Baylor geoscientists. Examining data in real time allows us to ensure we record high quality data and identify significant earthquakes in remote parts of the world that will contribute to our research.

The Remote Sensing and GIS laboratory (BSB D405) contains Dell Windows workstations, associated servers and peripheral devices, and is maintained with support from the College of Arts and Sciences IT Services and the Baylor Center for Spatial Research.

The Beaver-Brown Applied Petroleum Studies laboratory (BSB E460R) maintains five high-performance Dell workstations with dual screens and industry-grade software for analyzing subsurface well log and seismic data.

The “Mohole" student lounge (BSB E418) provides four workstations for general use by undergraduate and graduate students.

High-performance, parallel computing facilities. Baylor’s High Performance Computing (HPC) center operates a Hewlett Packard Proliant BL460C parallel system that uses CentOS Linux and consists of 128 compute nodes. Each computing node has with 16 gigabytes of RAM and two Intel Xeon 5355 quad-core processors, for a total of 1,024 processor cores. The nodes communicate over a ConnectX 4X DDR Infiniband network and the system includes a disk storage capacity of 100 terabytes. This system is available at no charge to researchers on the Baylor campus, as are several smaller clusters.

Connectivity. Baylor University is a participant in Internet2, a consortium of over 200 universities working together to deploy advanced networks and networking applications. Internet2 provides Baylor with leading edge network capability to the national research community, enabling revolutionary Internet applications and ensuring the rapid adoption of new network services and applications.

Gigabit Ethernet connects computers in the geophysics laboratories in the Baylor Science and Carlile Geology Research Buildings.

Support. Extensive consulting, software and hardware support, and HPC applications support are provided at no charge to Baylor researchers by the Academic and Research Computing Services group (ARCS).