Crush is a virtualized research cloud. It is designed to be allocated for compute intensive work and to be used in tandem with the AVHE where the data and work scheduling infrastructure are maintained.  It provides both HPC and HTC environments.  

A primary use case for Crush is the provisioning of a “cluster within a cluster” providing access to dedicated, customized compute nodes for high-performance and high-throughput computing. 

Nodes within Crush provide a diverse set of configurations including high density processing power, high speed disk I/O, and high speed networking. 

Currently Crush consists of tens of thousands of cores and hundreds terabytes of memory 

Crush is a dynamic resource, simultaneously supporting a wide variety of workloads, balancing allocation based on use and priority.  A snapshot of recent workload includes support for Syracuse researchers in many areas across campus.  

  • Physics – Arts and Sciences  
  • Chemistry – Arts and Sciences  
  • Biology – Arts and Sciences
  • Math – Arts and Sciences
  • Engineering and Computing Science
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs 
  • Whitman School of Management
  • Architecture
  • TransMedia – Visual Performing Arts

Nationally, Crush contributes computational time to the Open Science Grid.