Zentrum für Datenverarbeitung (ZDV)

bwForCluster BinAC

bwForCluster BinAC is part of the implementation concept of the universities of the state of Baden-Württemberg for High Performance Computing (bwHPC) and is available nationwide to all scientists in the field of bioinformatics and astrophysics. BinAC hardware has been optimally tuned to this intended use to achieve high efficiency of applications in this scientific field.

As headquarters of the nationwide HPC competence center for bioinformatics and astrophysics Baden-Württemberg, this cluster is operated at the Tübingen site by the Zentrum für Datenverarbeitung at the University of Tübingen and the specific applications within the framework of the bwHPC-C5 project are specifically supported.


The total system consists of a total of 300 computer nodes, each with two Intel Xeon E5-2680v4 (Broadwell) processors (14 cores per processor) with a clock frequency of 2.4 GHz and 35 MB cache per chip. Thus, the system delivers a nominal peak performance of almost 543 tera-flop/s.

The compute nodes are connected by a two-stage FDR InfiniBand of spine and edge switches with a blocking factor of 1:8. The maximum size for non-blocking jobs is 896 cores.

As a global workspace file system, the scalable, parallel file system BeeGFS is used, which provides a total of 720TB (gross) temporary usable storage space for current calculations.

The operating system used is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Application software and compilers are provided via the Module-System.

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The computer system is available upon request to all scientists in the fields of bioinformatics and astrophysics in Baden-Württemberg free of charge.

Further details on access will be provided promptly.