Department of Systems Biology Information Technology (DSBIT) is a core facility operated within the Department. We maintain one of the world’s largest academic computing environments devoted to research in molecular and systems biology. DSBIT provides professional computational services including:

Our primary mission is to support research at a number of Columbia University research institutes, including the Department of Systems Biology, the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Institute for Cancer Genetics, and the JP Sulzberger Columbia Genome Center. We also provide advanced computing services for clients outside the Columbia University research community.

Our infrastructure

Our computing resources are housed in two data centers totaling more than 3,000 sq. ft. of floor space. Our facility has redundant air conditioning, state-of-the-art networking, and a 1 MW universal power supply (UPS).

In 2012, DSBIT received a $2 million High-Performance Computing grant from the National Institutes of Health to upgrade our computing platform. The new computing cluster boasts 212 teraflops of performance, a figure that is nearly nine times the total computing capacity of our previous computing platform, called Titan. The new system will have 6,336 CPU-cores, over 70,000 CUDA-cores (GPU), and 22 TB of total system memory.

Competitive pricing

Portions of our high-performance computing platform, data storage facilities, and other infrastructure are available to members of Columbia University as well as outside investigators on a fee-for-use basis. Under this arrangement, qualified researchers with computationally demanding projects can lease portions of the DSBIT computing infrastructure at very competitive prices.

To learn more about our rates, please see Pricing.

Contact us to learn more

If you have additional questions, please contact us.