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.
The department offers students the use of a state-of-the art 16" Meade computer-controlled telescope—the largest computerized telescope in southeastern Massachusetts.
- Computational Physics Laboratory
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory
- Rotating Fluids Laboratory
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.
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