Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory

Computational Resources

Ares Computer Cluster

Ares is a high-performance computing cluster shared between the Cao, Ehmann, Liu, Wagner, Chen, Keten, and Packman groups. Many commercial softwares have the option to be run in parallel, which greatly improves simulation speed.


  • Ares consists of 32 nodes with 24 cores per node (with 64Gb of memory per node) for a total of 768 CPUs
  • Software installed includes:
    • Abaqus
    • Bolt
    • ImageJ/Fiji
    • LAMMPS
    • LS-DYNA
    • Matlab
    • NAMD
    • VMD
    • and various debuggers and compilers

We have a user wiki and a real-time monitoring system (Ganglia) for Ares here:

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory Process Analysis Workstation

Advanced Manufacturing Processes Laboratory Process Analysis Workstation (AMPL PA) is a computational resource available to all students, staff and visiting scholars in AMPL.


  • AMPL PA workstation has 40 CPU cores and 256 GB of RAM.

    It runs Windows 10 Enterprise edition OS and has the following software installed:
    • COMSOL Multiphysics
    • MATLAB

The purpose of AMPL PA is to facilitate development and optimization of various manufacturing processes and machine designs with the help of virtual modeling tools and numerical simulations of the phenomena related to the manufacturing processes.