Lisa Compute Cluster

Computing capacity plus support at application level

Lisa Compute Cluster combines processing power with user friendliness. Are the limits of your own system inhibiting your research? This service lets you upscale to a higher level. Lisa Compute Cluster is preconfigured with a range of software packages, meaning you can start working right away.

Lisa Compute Cluster offers extra processing power

Lisa Compute Cluster is a centrally managed Linux cluster, that is ideal for large-scale computations. It’s a service comprising a wide range of resources, compilers, and software, such as R statistics and MATLAB, and libraries, such as the Math Kernel Library (MKL) of Intel. SURFsara continually adjusts the service to the needs of the user community. For example, Lisa Compute Cluster includes accelerators (very fast processors) and high memory nodes (for users who need nodes with extra memory). When processing batch jobs, SURFsara applies a ‘fair share’ mechanism.

Made to measure

We make sure that Lisa Compute Cluster gives you what you want. If you have specific requirements that the service does not (yet) fulfil, we can shape the system for you on a made-to-measure basis. To give one example, Lisa Compute Cluster provides 200 GB storage space as standard in your personal directory. And if that’s not enough, we can expand your storage space, with any associated backup, at your request.


One of our additional services is a workspace. This is your own Lisa Compute Cluster working environment providing you, for example, with access to extra storage or the use of applications with an interactive interface. In this way you can upscale your calculations from the workspace to Lisa Compute Cluster if you need more processing power.


As a user of Lisa Compute Cluster you can always call in the help of our support services. We can help you to run your own software or algorithm, for instance. Our team can install special software packages and will help you to make optimum use of the service or to parallelise your software. What’s more, you can consult manuals online for suggestions on improving performance, etc.


Our helpdesk can be contacted by telephone or e-mail, or alternatively you can make an appointment with one of our staff. Ask your questions or report your problems via or by telephone on +31-208001400. The helpdesk is open during business hours (9.00–17.00).

Would you like specific advice on optimising your code or achieving better performance? Then get in touch with our consultancy service.

More information and contact

You can find more (technical) information regarding the use of Lisa Compute Cluster on the pages with user information of the Lisa system. Are you looking for a printable version of the service description? You can download a service description of Lisa Compute Cluster in pdf. For further questions, please contact us at

This service is included in SURFsara's core package.

Latest modifications 30 Aug 2018