Computational Sciences

The Science Computer Cluster Facility is a major resource used to advance and support our research and educational initiatives.

The science clusters are used by Museum research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students whose work relies heavily on high-end capability computing in areas of biology, genomics, astrophysics, and anthropology.

Museum scientists are at the forefront of developing and utilizing cutting-edge approaches in computing paradigms to address problems of broad application in the biological and physical sciences. For instance, researchers in Invertebrate Zoology have developed and implemented phylogenetic algorithms that are used by scientists around the world. While those in Astrophysics, in collaborations with scientists world-wide, use high-resolution numerical simulation techniques to bring life to the Hayden Planetarium Space Shows.

Further, as part of the core mission of the Museum, to educate, train and disseminate information, the clusters are leveraged to promote the significance of high-performance computing within today's society for science and engineering through our educational programs.