High Performance Computational Services (HPCS)

High Performance Computational Services (HPCS)

DRI’s High Performance Computational Services (HPCS) team offers cost effective, responsive, adaptable, and technologically current computational service and support in a secure environment.

We operate a “small shop” approach to service and support and provide superior solutions for those seeking a reliable alternative to cloud-based services. Our technological infrastructure is powerful, reliable, scalable, and secure.

About HPCS

Our HPCS team is dedicated to ongoing computational performance enhancements designed to improve customer experience and satisfaction while reducing costs. Ongoing enhancements include:

  • Performance tuning the Weather Research & Forecasting Model (WRF) mode, which is employed in atmospheric research and meteorological forecasting
  • Compute nodes utilize Intel Knights Landing (KNL) processors and Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) networking
  • Improving job pre-emption within the scheduler for job prioritization
  • Creating better client reporting/graphing tools
  • Cost estimation

Other virtualized, cloud-based systems (“vCPU”) share their computing resources among many clients. With DRI’s HPCS, you pay only for the actual services/resources you use versus the virtual ones you don’t; our cost structure is competitive, transparent, and straightforward. We charge our customers by the CPU hours used and bill monthly for simplicity. There are no add-on charges for storage, networking, or other processes.

Our HPCS servers, storage, and networks run on physical equipment that is securely housed at DRI and managed by on-site staff.  Continuous video surveillance safeguards our HPCS facility and our state-of-the-art equipment is locked in server racks housed within an access-controlled server room. In addition, we require secure, two-factor authentication for all system users. Separated, secure networking provides complete isolation of client workloads when necessary.


Clients include DRI’s Naval Earth Sciences and Engineering Program.

The Desert Research Institute’s computing resources and staff proved to be an incredibly important resource to our company. As our high-performance computing needs have increased, both in complexity and sheer size, DRI has provided the hardware and software support required to meet our needs. The hardware is robust and maintained well, while the DRI staff is highly technical and knowledgeable of scientific software, high-performance computing, and network support. I would highly recommend DRI’s services.

Joe Magallanes

Principal, President and CEO , Karagozian & Case (www.kcse.com)


Dave Decker, Ph.D.
HPCS Director

Paul Neeley
HPCS Technical Lead


Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512