Cal Poly, SLO, where I work is a teaching university. We don’t do a lot of research and historically, there hasn’t been a lot of high performance computing on campus. A number of years ago, Information Technology Services (ITS, the central campus computing people) got a grant and set up a small cluster for general use. Users of this cluster that I’ve talked to weren’t very happy with it. It wan’t particularly big, and it wasn’t particularly easy to use. Since then, various faculty with research projects have gotten their own clusters which their departments operated, not ITS. The first cluster I’m aware of like this was ravel.csc.calpoly.edu, which I helped spec out, buy, rack up, and loaded the operating system on.