Lighthouse Configuration



While the hardware provided for Lighthouse may vary, the login nodes and process remains uniform.  All Lighthouse users should login to in order to access their allocation. Detailed instructions are available in the Lighthouse User Guide.


The compute nodes are all interconnected with InfiniBand networking. In addition to the InfiniBand networking, there is a gigabit Ethernet network that also connects all of the nodes. This is used for node management and NFS file system access.


The high-speed scratch file system is based on Lustre v2.5 and is a DDN SFA10000 backed by the hardware described in this table:

Server Type

Network Connection

Disk Capacity (raw/usable)

Dell R610 40Gbps InfiniBand 520 TB / 379 TB
Dell R610 40Gbps InfiniBand 530 TB / 386 TB
Dell R610 40Gbps InfiniBand 530 TB / 386 TB
Dell R610 40Gbps InfiniBand 520 TB / 379 TB


160 Gbps

2100 TB / 1530 TB

See our list of storage options to find the best fit for your needs.


Computing jobs on Lighthouse are managed completely through Slurm.  See the Lighthouse User Guide for directions on how to submit and manage jobs.


There are three layers of software on Lighthouse:

Operating Software

The Lighthouse cluster runs CentOS 7. We update the operating system on Lighthouse as CentOS releases new versions and our library of third-party applications offers support. Due to the need to support several types of drivers (AFS and Lustre file system drivers, InfiniBand network drivers and NVIDIA GPU drivers) and dozens of third party applications, we are cautious in upgrading and can lag CentOS’s releases by months.

Compilers and Parallel and Scientific Libraries

Lighthouse supports the Gnu Compiler Collection, the Intel Compilers, and the PGI Compilers for C and Fortran. The Lighthouse cluster’s parallel library is OpenMPI, and the default versions are 1.10.7 (i686) and 3.1.2 (x86_64), and there are limited earlier versions available.  Lighthouse provides the Intel Math Kernel Library (MKL) set of high-performance mathematical libraries. Other common scientific libraries are compiled from source and include HDF5, NetCDF, FFTW3, Boost, and others.

Please contact us if you have questions about the availability of, or support for, any other compilers or libraries.

If you have questions, please send email to

To Order Lighthouse Service:

Email before including hardware in a proposal or purchasing hardware.  You will need to purchase a subscription to Lighthouse for each compute node.

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