Aware Inc.'s scalable cluster computing platform, Astra, is highly optimized for performing large-scale identity-related security tasks, including biometric search and deduplication, biometric authentication, and identity analytics. Astra distributes comparison operations and data across multiple computing nodes, enabling rapid search of very large biometric databases and execution of high volumes of biometric authentications. Astra can also be used to perform advanced text-based search and analytics on large stores of identity data. Astra utilizes broadly-used open source platforms that help ensure its reliability and ongoing improvement. It is fault-tolerant, and includes a rich browser-based dashboard for system monitoring and alerts. Astra is designed to be algorithm-independent, but also works seamlessly with other Aware products, including Nexa fingerprint, face, or iris biometric search and match SDKs, Inquire text search and analytics SDKs, and Biometric Services Platform (BioSP).