Group for Research in Decision Analysis

GERAD's Infrastructure

GERAD's physical location is in Pavillon André-Aisenstadt on the Université de Montréal campus. It includes offices, two meeting rooms, one room for the computer servers and one room for the printers. All GERAD members, as well as a large number of students, have an office at their home institution (ex. HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal, McGill University or UQAM).

The research done at GERAD requires only computer information and software. The equipment and software located at Pavillon André-Aisenstadt is part of a computer network shared with the CIRRELT (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les réseaux d'entreprises, la logistique and le transport). The following is a list of the equipment available to GERAD members and where it is located:

  • Calcul Québec: Calcul Québec brings together several Quebec universities and provides researchers with high-performance computing servers.

  • Calcul Canada: Compute Canada, in partnership with regional organizations ACENET, Calcul Québec, Compute Ontario and WestGrid, leads the acceleration of research and innovation by deploying state-of-the-art advanced research computing (ARC) systems, storage and software solutions.

  • Orban lab: 42 x HS20 blade servers for calculation purposes. The KNITRO optimizer is available on this computing cluster.

  • LACED: The LACED Calculation and Data Mining Laboratory is an HEC lab providing computing servers and databases from a variety of sources.

  • Concordia lab: 20 work stations

  • Intelligent transport systems (ITS) lab: 6 x 8-core computing servers

  • Risk Management Research Chair: 20 x 12-core computing servers

  • GERAD: 75 work stations, 1 computing server 8 cores(128Go memory, Xeon E5-2637 v3 @ 3.50GHz), 1 computing server 24 cores(512Go memory, CPU E5-2650 v4 @ 2.20GHz) and 8 GPU NVIDIA P100 12Go.

The major optimization and scientific computing software that are available are Cplex, Gurobi, Xpress, AMPL, Matlab and Maple. Several other open source software are also available.