Hydra Compute Cluster

Hydra, multi-headed serpent monster

Hydra is a mythical multi-headed monster

Hydra is the CS Department compute cluster for use by our faculty, staff, and students. Jobs are submitted to our cluster using the Slurm workload manager. We provide a slurm quick-start guide.


There is an active group of researchers within the department working on computationally intensive research. The department continually tries to meet the needs of all researchers, by periodically adding new dedicated compute hardware. We encourage anyone involved in research requiring high performance computing to join the compute mailing list. Doing so will help you stay abreast of the latest compute-related changes within the department, and allow you to collaborate and exchange ideas with other cluster users.

Policy and Appropriate Use

The cluster is a general department resource and is available to all members of the CS community. Cluster users should only run jobs associated with legitimate research or educational activities. The cluster is a specialized tool, and should not be used to simply off-load normal desktop computing activities.

If you are unsure if a proposed use of the cluster is appropriate, send mail to problem@cs.brown.edu and tstaff will render an opinion.

CCV Cluster Resources

The Center for Computation & Visualization has a large linux compute cluster which they make available to researchers across campus.