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Computational Facility

CREPS: Computational Research in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Over the period 2010-2011, Northwestern’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) acquired and built a new computational facility, named CREPS. The primary goal of this acquisition was to provide a robust EPS computational infrastructure that would be easy to access and navigate by students. 

CREPS and its maintenance have been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Northwestern University, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Professor van der Lee’s funding.

Computing clusterThe facility includes:

A research and development computing cluster

The cluster is a small rack of dedicated multi-node, multi-core equipment, which provides fast parallel computing for data processing and analysis as well as data modeling and data simulation. The computing server has been expanded to hold nearly 20 Tb of data.


Computing laboratory

A computing laboratory with workstations

These workstations are identically equipped with geophysical software to promote teaching, sharing, cooperation, advising, and coaching.

The iMacs were most recently replaced in 2017.


Access to Northwestern University’s high-performance computing facility: Quest

Graduate students receive accounts as part of their research advisor's project allocations or can apply for their own project allocation.

CREPS is accessible to all EPS members.

The computing clusters have been used for climate science, seismology, mineral physics, theoretical geochemistry, and planetary science. 

The computing laboratory has been used for teaching scientific and spatial computing and other quantitative courses such as on inverse methods and climate modeling, as well as for research, research group work and meetings, and as a workspace for undergraduate researchers and summer interns, among other uses.  

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