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 access to DARWIN, please complete and return the 
    Allocation Request Application.  
  • 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. Friendly-user mode will begin soon. Please email lmhess@udel.edu if you are interested in helping to test DARWIN during friendly-user mode. See a more detailed timeline.


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.