Computational Simulation Facility (Compsim)

The Biomedical Engineering Computational Simulation Facility is a high-performance computing laboratory located at 24 Cummington Street (Life Science and Engineering Building) basement rooms B03 and B04. The facility is available for classroom instruction, homework and research requiring high computational power, and all machines are clustered together as part of a parallel computing grid for remote access to regular scientific applications and for processing long, computationally intensive jobs.

Lab Info

Location:24 Cummington Mall, Rooms B03 and B04

Hours: Continuous card access for approved users

Calendar and room request form

Card Access:Fill out this form (separate from Zaius), selecting “LSEB B03 and B04″

Support Staff: Jesse Connell

Need help? For technical support, please contact ENG IT at enghelp@bu.edu or
617-353-5303.

In total there are 58 workstations running BU Linux, simultaneously working as compute nodes, each with 8GB RAM and an 8-core 3.6 GHz CPU. All machines are clustered together as part of a parallel computing grid for remote access to regular scientific applications and for processing long, computationally intensive jobs. A variety of open-source and commercial mathematical and scientific applications are available (see the list below for a brief summary) and file space can be provided for the installation of custom courseware and research software.

Courses Supported

EK131, BE503, BE515, BF527, BE562, BE401, EC327

Software Used

Hardware Available

Room B03 holds 40 student workstations and room B04 holds 16. Each room also has a presenter computer connected to a ceiling-mounted projector (which can take input from either that computer or a laptop capable of connecting to a VGA cable), a black and white network printer, and whiteboards and chalkboards. A folding divider can join the rooms for large classes when needed, allowing the space to be configured as:

  • 1 small room (B04) with 16 student stations and 1 instructor station
  • 1 large room (B03) with 40 student stations and 1 instructor station
  • 1 very large room (B03 + B04) with 56 student stations & 2 instruct stations, with both LCD projectors and AV equipment outputting same or different data

Logging In

All users will need College of Engineering Active Directory accounts in order to log in on the computers. Current ENG students should already have AD accounts, but anyone who is not (or anyone who thinks they do, tries logging in, and sees that they don’t) must fill out this form. Your account will be active within a few minutes and you will be able to log in to the computers. Users can do this from someone else’s account right in the room on the first day of class if they show up and notice they can’t log in.