Core Facilities


In-House Service: Scientific Information Technologies (SIT)

Gabriel González
Arnau Bria, Rodny Hernández


This unit provides computing resources and technical support to researchers at the CRG. The unit has enough expertise to build high performance computing architectures in the coming years, taking into consideration the high computing and bandwidth capabilities required by the researchers.

SIT provides users with knowledge and best practices guidelines to optimise the usage of the computing resources, improving the researchers’ application performance and providing them with training.

SIT as an operational team is in charge of more than 200 compute nodes and servers, with 3020 dedicated computing cores.

The exponential growth in genomic information, especially from Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS) demands high performance and scalable storage infrastructures. The unit manages the heterogeneous storage containing research data, currently 4 PB of usable storage in two different locations.

The facility has become a key partner in many of the research projects being carried out within the institute.


  • HPC cluster support
  • Database and server administration
  • Storage provisioning

Equipment detail

  • Linux cluster with 3020 computing cores and more than 200 compute nodes and servers.
  • Grid Engine batch queuing system
  • 4PB of storage


87 compute nodes:

  • 2 Intel Xeon E5-2680 20M Cache 8 core at 2.70 Ghz
  • 128 GB de RAM (8 GB/core)
  • 2 Intel Xeon E5530 4 core at 2.40GHz
  • 48 GB memory (6 GB/core)

1 High memory compute node:

  • 8 Intel Xeon E7450 6 core processors at 2.40 GHz
  • 512GB memory

1 High memory compute node:

  • 4 Intel Xeon E7540 6 core processors at 2.00 GHz
  • 256 GB memory
  • 60 heterogeneous compute nodes with different hardware specifications.