DARWIN (Delaware Advanced Research Workforce and Innovation Network) is a big data and high performance computing system designed to catalyze Delaware research and education. An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Rudolf (Rudi) Eigenmann, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund DARWIN.


DARWIN will serve as a critical and transformative upgrade to Delaware’s cyberinfrastructure, enabling research and educational activities for a large number of faculty across all UD colleges as well as for users from academic and industrial partners within the broader Delaware region. The instrumentation is designed to enable research broadly across disciplines with diverse software and hardware needs including, but not limited to, problems that scale to large numbers of processors and data sets, involve large data transfers, use advanced graphics accelerators, and require new operating modes. It will also serve to train students and researchers on computational and data-intensive methods and enhance these skills in the greater Delaware region.


  • DARWIN Architecture:
    DARWIN has 105 compute nodes with a total of 6672 cores, 22 GPUs, 100TB of memory, and 1.2PB of disk storage. See a breakdown of these numbers.
  • DARWIN Allocation:
    To request early access to DARWIN, please complete the Early Access Request Form

    Full accounts will be available once DARWIN is fully ready using the same Allocation Request Form that us used for the DSI Caviness nodes.
  • DARWIN Computing Symposium (DCS):
    The DCS will be held annually on February 12th (Darwin Day). SAVE THE DATE: DCS2021 – Friday, February 12, 2021!  Click to learn more about our inaugural DCS,

DARWIN has been delivered and is being set up, after a brief COVID-19-related delay. See a more detailed timeline here. Friendly-user mode is starting the week of Dec 14. For more information, see info slides about Early Access presented at the Dec 8th HPC lunch or the Early access documentation for DARWIN at https://docs.hpc.udel.edu/abstract/darwin/earlyaccess


Our Mission

The Institute aims to accelerate research in data science, serving as a nucleating effort to catalyze interdisciplinary research collaborations across fields impacting our society.