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Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology
CCAST provides advanced cyberinfrastructure for computational research and education at NDSU and beyond
The Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST, pronounced "c-cast") develops, manages, brokers, and operates high-performance, cloud, and interactive computing resources, and educates researchers on proper and efficient use of the resources and on other topics of interest to the computational science and engineering community. CCAST continually works to enhance NDSU's capabilities and competitive edge in disciplines and research that rely on advanced computing.
We use UNIX/Linux primarily. The basic level of services is FREE of charge to all faculty, staff, and students at NDSU, the tribal colleges and universities in the state of North Dakota, and the primarily undergraduate institutions and Master’s colleges/universities within the North Dakota University System (NDUS). Additional services (for example, dedicated hardware) are available at cost.
Acknowledging CCAST: You are required to include the following statement (or a close variant) in all research outputs (papers, presentations, theses, etc.) that have used CCAST resources: "This work used resources of the Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (CCAST) at North Dakota State University, which were made possible in part by NSF MRI Award No. 2019077."
- Linux-based, high-performance computing clusters
- Compute and storage condo (i.e., researcher-owned) units
- Permanent and scratch data storage
- Fast data transfer via Globus and ScienceDMZ
- Virtual machines for testing and development
- Training in advanced research computing and related topics
- Consulting and computational workflow development
- Proposal writing assistance
- Compute clusters: ~180 nodes (approx. 8,000 CPU cores), including big-memory nodes and general-purpose GPUs
- Parallel filesystems with over 1.5PB of combined data storage capacity