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Students and faculty using the 16" Meade telescope at the UMassD Observatory.

Equipment & facilities

The Physics Department has a wide array of facilities and equipment, including computer work stations, lasers, and a fully equipped observatory. Students also have the opportunity to accompany faculty members who are conducting research at national science facilities.

Observatory

The department offers students the use of a state-of-the art 16" Meade computer-controlled telescope—the largest computerized telescope in southeastern Massachusetts.

Learn more: UMassD Observatory

Laboratories

  • Computational Physics Laboratory
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory
  • Rotating Fluids Laboratory
Photo of racks of PS3's taken from inside the refridgerated trailer looking back to the doors.

Racks of PS3 computers donated from AFRL.

PS3 Gravity Grid

The department has a sixteen (16) PS3 cluster, that we call PS3 Gravity Grid: 300 networked Sony PlayStation 3 gaming consoles running Fedora 8 Linux.

Learn more: PS3 Gravity Grid

High performance computing clusters

High performance computing clusters are hosted in UMassD's Data Center and are funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the university.

  • IBM iDataPlex featuring Intel Xeon processors accelerated by Nvidia Tesla GPGPUs with low latency InfiniBand interconnects
  • ARNiE Cluster featuring Intel Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GPUs
  • Octoputer (8 GPU) featuring AMD Radeon 7970 GHz Edition GPUs
  • Octoputer (8 GPU) featuring AMD Radeon Fury Nano GPUs with HBM (high bandwidth memory)
  • Elroy Cluster using 32 Nvidia Jetson TX1's
  • Cluster using 8 Nvidia Jetson TX2's with direct DC power and 4 Nvidia Shield TV's housed in edge lit acrylic
  • Repurposed BitCoin mining rig for scientific computing
IBM computer cluster at Data Center

IBM iDataPlex featuring Intel Xeon processors accelerated by Nvidia Tesla GPGPUs with low latency InfiniBand interconnects.

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