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Cycle Servers

Occasionally, members may need access to resources that extend beyond the normal capabilities of their desktop systems. When this happens, we ask that members execute these jobs on one of our cycle servers. Sometimes these jobs are even too large for our local servers. In this case, we defer to our Amazon Cloud Instances. 

These systems are accessible via ssh from any computer or laptop within the MSRI domain. Cycle servers have access to all of the same math software and Linux utilities standard on any of our desktop systems. 

The table below lists all available servers and resource configurations. If you require higher performance systems. Please contact the computing staff to arrange for such a system to be configured. Please include the number of cores, amount of RAM, and what programs you expect to run. 

Please contact a computing staff member if you have further questions or need help in using these systems.

Server Name
CPU Speed
Disk Space
No. of Processors
No. of cores
Intel Xeon x5355 - 2.66 GHz
16 GB
Intel Xeon x3360 - 2.83 GHz
100 GB


* Data should be stored in members home directories, but members may temporarily create their own directory locally in the /usr/local/members/ directory so that the server need not continuously access files through the network. There currently is no limit on the amount of disk space that a member can use. We do, however, ask that if space requirements exceed 100 MB that you first consult with a member of the computing staff.

** All cycle servers are running 64-bit operating systems.