Nobel is a cluster of interactive computational Linux systems. This cluster is a great entry point for computational researchers and students, ideally suited for access to commercially licensed software provided centrally, for low end computational tasks, and for teaching and coursework.

This load balanced cluster is currently comprised of two Dell R610 servers named after Princeton Nobel Laureates, Compton and Davisson.

Hardware Configuration

System Processor
Nodes Cores
per Node
per Node
Total Cores Inter-connect Performance:
Dell Linux Server
2.3 GHz Haswell 2 28 224 GB 56 N/A 1.03 TFLOPS

Enabling Linux Accounts

Nobel is a Linux cluster. If your Nobel account is your first OIT Linux account, then you need to enable your Linux accounts by clicking here (link is external).


To use the Nobel system, you have to enable shell access for your netid. The process is described in a knowledgebase article titled, Unix: How do I enable/change the default Unix shell on my account? Once you have access, you should not need to register again unless your account goes unused for more than six month.

Introduction to Linux

For those new to Linux, see the Introduction to Unix at Princeton in the OIT Knowledge Base and the tutorial, Introduction to HPC Systems and BASH.

Home Filesystem and Quotas

These servers use the central OIT home filesystem known as the H: drive, where all users have a 5GB quota. Information about the H: drive and how to access it from Windows and Mac OS X systems can be found here: (link is external).

If a higher quota is needed, please see this OIT Knowledge Base article (link is external) for the information about requesting a higher quota. Submit the on-line form (link is external) to apply for additional quota.

Job Scheduling

There is no batch scheduler running on the Nobel cluster, and users are urged to avoid launching processes that will overburden the system.

Please be mindful that Nobel is a shared resource for all users.