OMICS Cluster

The OMICS Compute Cluster was created to support the Excellence Cluster at Lübeck University. It is mainly used to perform calculations for GWAS, NGS, in silico modelling etc.

The OMICS Cluster provides a powerful computing platform for the institutes and institutions involved. In its current expansion, it offers 4,5 TB of RAM for its up to 1056 CPU threads. The job scheduler SLURM is used to manage and execute the batch-jobs to ensure a fair distribution of this remarkable computing power. A job can allocate and use one or multiple compute nodes.

Most compute nodes offer a maximum of 48 threads, up to 192 GB of RAM and about 5 TB local temporary storage. Jobs that run on the most powerful machine can use up to 72 threads, 500 GB of RAM and more than 7 TB temporary storage. The local storage is provided by the local hard drives of the compute nodes; they offer fast temporary storage for big data analysis.

Two big storages provide over 400 TB permanent storage for permanent project data.

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Lars Bertram (Lübecker Interdisciplinary Platform für Genome Analysis, LIGA)
  • Prof. Dr. Jeanette Erdmann (Institute for Cardiogenetics, IIEG)
  • Prof. Dr. Saleh Ibrahim (Lübecker Institute for Experimental Dermatology, LIED)
  • Dipl.-Inf. Helge Illig (IT-Service-Center, ITSC)
  • Prof. Dr. Hauke Busch (Lübecker Institute for Experimental Dermatology, LIED)


Current Structure

History of the OMICS cluster

The idea to build a cluster was born in december 2014 on a working meeting of professors L. Bertram, J. Erdmann, S. Ibrahim and Dipl.-Inf. H. Illig. In May of the following year, 2300.000 Euro were invested in the first stage of the OMICS cluster. This was paid by the Cluster of Excellence „Inflammation at Interfaces“. Part of this expansion was a big permanent storage, an administration node and 17 compute nodes, one of those compute nodes was the bignode with 72 cores. Frank Rühlemann became the first full-time administrator of the cluster in October 2015.

In May 2016, the cluster grew to its next stage of expansion, this included a growth in storage space and several additional compute nodes. LIED covered 40.000 Euro of the resulting costs, the remaining 190.000 Euro were paid by the working groups of Erdmann, Bertram and Lill.

In the end of 2016, professor Busch became part and elected speaker of the steering committee.

Shortly after, at the beginning of year 2017, Gudrun Amedick was hired as second full-time administrato