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Computational Resources Core


Welcome to the CRC website. We have updated our help documention, and plan to continue to add new information and tutorials. Please contact us with any specific documentation requests.


New Cluster Nodes

We just finished installing 5 new cluster nodes, each with 40 available cores and 256GB RAM, bringing the total number of cores in the cluster to just over 2300, and total RAM to 13TB. These cluster nodes were purchased with matching funds from the UI ORED RISE program.


The IBEST Computational Resources Core (CRC) serves as the computational backbone of evolutionary and computational biology research at the University of Idaho. It provides investigators with state of the art high performance computing and large data storage capacity for use in analyzing and managing large volumes of research data. Users of the core run jobs that may use hundreds of processors in parallel or large memory allocations and may run require weeks to complete. The CRC is explicitly designed to manage the complex computational and storage requirements for the IBEST researchers and core facilities with very high data reliability and availability. The core contains an advanced mix of high performance computing clusters, powerful servers and reliable data storage components as well as the knowledge and technical skills required to compress years of analysis into days.



Benjamin Oswald, Director

Dr. Oswald manages our monitoring systems; provides application installation and support; account management; support system management; HPC system support; manages storage and backup systems; teleconferencing; customer training; and technology/networking support for researchers and labs. website

James O'Dell, Systems Administrator

Mr O'Dell is responsible for data center networking; HPC cluster operations; manages storage and backup systems; support system management; application installation and support; system monitoring; customer training; and technology/networking support for researchers and labs.

James A. Foster, Scientific Advisor

  • Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Philosophy