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: