Mission and governance
The Hoffman2 Cluster is UCLA’s centralized compute resource for campus researchers. The cluster and its supporting programs help keep the UCLA community at the forefront of scientific discovery and creative endeavor by providing faculty, researchers, and students with access to innovative computational resources, user support, collaboration, and training.
UCLA’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) jointly launched the Hoffman2 Cluster in 2008. In the intervening years, it has grown to over 21,000 cores across 1,300 high-performance compute nodes with an aggregate of over 76TB of memory and 2.5PB of high-performance network storage. The cluster includes both a general campus-use section that is freely available to all interested researchers, and a condo-style section where researchers with significant computing needs can purchase and contribute nodes for their own priority use.
OIT/IDRE’s High Performance Computing experts manage and maintains the cluster. IDRE’s Executive Committee provides guidance on Hoffman2 operations and direction, and advocates to the campus for necessary research infrastructure enhancements and expansions. IDRE is co-sponsored by OIT and by the UCLA’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.