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BEAM Computing Facilities

BEAM's departmental research computing facilities are comprised of a high performance computing cluster and various graphic workstations.  BEAM faculty, staff, and students may apply for an account using the form available at

The compute cluster is made up of 52 compute nodes, 776 process threads, 2.5 TB RAM, and Infiniband QDR RDMA internode network fabric. Software available includes Abaqus, Ansys, Fluent, CFX, Matlab, Mathematica, Tecplot, and various compilers and other tools. OpenMP, OpenMPI, and Intel MPI, are supported on the compute cluster. Virginia Tech also provides high performance computing through the Advanced Research Computing group

The Norris Hall computer lab, available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to BEAM students and faculty, also includes 10 Windows workstations with Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, Matlab, Mathematica, ANSYS, Gimp, AutoCAD, and Inventor. Also included are Endnote, MikTex, TeXnic Center, and DVD burners. The lab has scanning, monochrome, and color printing capabilities.

For questions about BEAM computing resources and facilities, contact our helpdesk at