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The Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation was established in 1991 as a result of a generous donation from Dr. Cherry L. Emerson and a matching contribution by Emory University. A new Emerson Hall was introduced in 2001 where the Center's staff and computer servers are currently located.

The objective of the Center is manifold, including:

  • To provide high-end computational facilities and expertise to the computationally oriented scientific research at Emory, and to propel Emory into the forefront of research in computational sciences;

  • To help provide state-of-the-art education on computational sciences at Emory, and to help bring computational education in Emory to the highest possible national and international levels;

  • To encourage collaborations in computational sciences with other national and international institutions, as well as on Emory campus;

  • To promote multi-disciplinary and cutting-edges scientific research programs in Emory.
  • Governance

    The Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation was established in 1991. Prof. Joel Bowman served as Acting Director and was succeeded by Keiji Morokuma as Director in September 1992. In 2006, after retirement of Prof. K. Morokuma, Dr. Djamaladdin (Jamal) Musaev was appointed as a Director of the Emerson Center.

    The Emerson Center Leadership Committee

    The Emerson Center Leadership Committee (ECLC), appointed by the Dean of Emory College, guides the operation of the Emerson Center. It comprises faculty of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

    The Center currently has over one hundred seventy five active users including faculty and students from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science , Mathematcs and Physics departments. The Center's "Subscribers" have access to the Center's state-of-the-art computational facilities, world-class experts, and value-added science and education programs.

    The Center is housed on the fifth floor of the Cherry Logan Emerson Hall. Currently, it owns, maintains and operates:

    1. Microway Intel's XEON Linux cluster with 16 2x28-core 2.6GHz 196GB RAM nodes, including an NVIDIA-SMI node with Tesla V100 GPU
    2. Microway AMD Linux cluster with 35 24-core 2.3GHz 80GB RAM nodes
    3. Microway AMD Linux cluster with 7 24-core 2.2GHz 80GB RAM, 24 16-core 2.3GHz 32GB RAM and 5 16-core 2.3GHz 16GB nodes
    4. IBM server workstations managing the queueing system

    The above equipments are all connected by fast ethernet. In addition, the Center maintains and provides service to more than 30 state-of-the-art application programs, including:

    1. Electronic structure codes such as Gaussian, Molpro, Aces_II, Gamess, Dalton, TURBOMOLE, VASP and many others;
    2. Biomolecular modeling and simulation codes such as GROMACS, Amber, Mathematica, Matlab, and others;

    In addition, the latest versions of all system software, compiles and libraries are available to our users.

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