Discovery is the New Mexico State University High Performance Computing Cluster. The cluster is a collection of computers, or nodes, that communicate using InfiniBand, making it an ideal location to scale computational analysis from your personal computer. The high performance computing (HPC) cluster is free to use for current students, faculty, and staff for both research and teaching. Discovery is equipped with Lenovo nx360, SR650, SR670, SR850, Dell R440, R640 and R740 hardware and it has 35 compute, 11 GPU and 2 high memory nodes, with total of 1,352 cores. The operating system is CentOS 7 and it runs Slurm scheduling manager. Visit our Getting Started page for more information.

Discovery is a Condo

NMSU’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) provides various ways to assist your research and classroom activities. ICT provides the cyber-infrastructure that is needed for cluster computing, while the compute resources are expanded and owned by members of the NMSU community. The condo model removes the stress of administering larger computational equipment from researchers and encourages investing in a communal resource.

Discovery is a Community

The Discovery elevates the entire community by providing a uniform experience for researchers of all backgrounds. The system allows for an easy introduction to an HPC environment and its size and structure allows more experienced users to access over 700 cores for their computing needs.

What about my pre-existing equipment?

At the moment, ICT is only looking to expand the current system using similar equipment.

If the noise from your system is distracting you or your students, please be aware that ICT has a user-access room that is free for use. Your machine will reside in a secure room (you will have key-card access), under stable conditions, with power, and fire-suppression systems. You will be asked to administer to your machine, but this allows for a quieter working environment for all in your space.

If you have machines that you would like to have administered by ICT, you can contact the admins at to discuss your needs or fill out the contact form. There will be a yearly cost associated with the administration of a pre-existing machine.

If you would like to donate your machine, please contact the admins at or fill out the contact form. It is likely that the machine cannot be absorbed into the campus cluster, but it can be discussed.