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Primeur weekly 2013-06-24

Special

Human Brain Project to seek support in neuromorphic computing and non-volatile memory approach ...

Deploying new and more energy-efficient combustion technologies with exascale power ...

Parallelism, hybrid architectures, fault tolerance and power major challenges for extreme computing ...

The Cloud

Dell launches secure and flexible Cloud solution for U.S. Governments ...

Eurotech launches new release of Everyware Cloud to simplify device management in the Internet of Things ...

Thermax Ltd chooses IBM PureSystems and SmartCloud over Cisco and Dell ...

Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say ...

VTI brings Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud computing to test and measurement ...

Desktop Grids

Seeking testers for BOINC on Android ...

SETIspirit Windows GUI for SETI@home released ...

Using IBM's crowdsourced supercomputer, Harvard rates solar energy potential of 2.3 million new compounds ...

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Remote Cluster Administration offers a unique solution to the HPC skills gap ...

New Cluster Installation Further Strengthens Regional HPC Infrastructure ...

Altair Engineering announces 8th UK Altair Technology Conference;to be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire ...

GENOA, MCQ-Composites to join Altair Partner Alliance Composites line-up ...

Altair broadens relationship with Siemens PLM Software to enhance data exchange for its CAE software users ...

Neuroscience to benefit from hybrid supercomputer memory ...

ISC'13 caps 28th Conference with new attendance, awards and more ...

USFlash

CANARIE upgrades 100G research & education network with Ciena ...

Linguists, computer scientists use supercomputers to improve natural language processing ...

UC San Diego launches new research computing programme ...

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Making memories: Practical quantum computing moves closer to reality ...

Intel introducing new Lustre solution during Lustre event, addressing new Lustre markets ...

NetApp unveils clustered data ONTAP innovations that pave the way for software-defined storage ...

HP expands Converged Storage portfolio ...

UC San Diego researchers get access to Open Science Grid ...

HP extends support for OpenVMS through year 2020 ...

IBM expands support for Linux on Power Systems servers ...

UC San Diego launches new research computing programme


10 Jun 2013 San Diego - The University of California, San Diego has deployed a new high-performance research computing system called the Triton Shared Computing Cluster, or TSCC, serving researchers at UC San Diego and any of the other UC campuses as well as external academic, non-profit, and corporate users.

The cluster, designed and operated by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) for UC San Diego's Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) programme, features state-of-the-art hardware as well as a revamped participation model offering researchers more options for funding their research computing needs.

"It's exciting to roll out this next-generation computing system", stated Sandra A. Brown, UC San Diego's Vice Chancellor for Research. "UC San Diego is committed to advancing the cyberinfrastructure resources of our researchers under the RCI programme, and the new Triton system is one of the pillars of RCI's integrated set of research services."

TSCC is a follow-on to the UC San Diego's initial research computing initiative, the Triton Resource, which was launched in 2009 and operated successfully for more than three years, serving the needs of hundreds of users from multiple UC campuses, outside research institutions, and private companies.

In addition to featuring updated hardware, TSCC offers a hybrid "condo/hotel" business model for participating researchers. Previously, the Triton cluster was supported by a "hotel" business model, in which blocks of computing time were pre-purchased at an hourly rate. While this model works very well for users with intermittent or lower levels of computing needs, it is less than ideal for users with long-term and/or relatively steady computing needs.

While TSCC continues to offer the hotel model option, the system also now implements a "condo" computing model, under which researchers with equipment purchase funds from grants or other sources can buy computing "nodes" (servers) and have them installed in the cluster, where they become part of a shared resource for a four-year period.

Once the researcher's purchased nodes are part of the cluster, the researcher may run on those nodes for an essentially unlimited period of time during the four-year period, or run larger computing jobs on the broader cluster, sharing the system with other users. Additionally, when the researcher's purchased nodes are idle, computing time may be "scavenged" from them to support other users.

"The primary benefits to participants include gaining access to a much larger resource than they could afford solely for their labs, and having a system that is professionally maintained by full-time staff instead of being maintained part-time by lab personnel", stated Ron Hawkins, SDSC's director of industry relations.

To incentivize participation by UC San Diego researchers, the university's RCI programme covers most of the operating costs such as system administration, user support and software licensing, so that UC San Diego condo users pay only a modest annual operating fee beyond the hardware purchase costs.

"Looking at research computing programs at other campuses, the condo model has proved to be one of the most successful, sustainable business models for research computing", stated Richard Moore, deputy director at SDSC and project manager for the RCI programme.

The TSCC features completely updated computing hardware. Each computing node contains two Intel Xeon E5-2670 ("Sandy Bridge") processors with 8 cores each and a memory-rich 64 gigabytes (GB) of main memory. The system network (interconnect) across the entire system is 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Options are available for condo users to purchase larger memory nodes and/or utilize higher performance (Infiniband) interconnect for low-latency parallel computing. Hotel users have access to Infiniband-connected nodes.

Researchers also have the option to purchase nodes with NVIDIA Graphics Processing Units (GPUs), which are becoming popular for a number of scientific computing tasks. The ensemble of core features and options provides researchers with a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing resource fulfilling a wide range of scientific computing needs.

Moreover, the TSCC is designed to work with the full complement of capabilities at UC San Diego, including high-performance networking and centralized storage systems. Connectivity is available to high-throughput scientific instruments across campus, such as DNA sequencers and mass spectrometers. As with Triton, TSCC is enabled with a wide range of open source and licensed software for science and engineering.

"We are proud to offer this high-performance computing capability to UC researchers and outside partners", stated Richard Moore. "Our experience with Triton has shown that high-end research computing capabilities are in demand, and TSCC ups the game in terms of the capability we can offer to enable new scientific discoveries."

Interested parties can find more information on the TSCC and participation programmes at http://rci.ucsd.edu/computing .
Source: University of California - San Diego

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Primeur weekly 2013-06-24

Special

Human Brain Project to seek support in neuromorphic computing and non-volatile memory approach ...

Deploying new and more energy-efficient combustion technologies with exascale power ...

Parallelism, hybrid architectures, fault tolerance and power major challenges for extreme computing ...

The Cloud

Dell launches secure and flexible Cloud solution for U.S. Governments ...

Eurotech launches new release of Everyware Cloud to simplify device management in the Internet of Things ...

Thermax Ltd chooses IBM PureSystems and SmartCloud over Cisco and Dell ...

Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say ...

VTI brings Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud computing to test and measurement ...

Desktop Grids

Seeking testers for BOINC on Android ...

SETIspirit Windows GUI for SETI@home released ...

Using IBM's crowdsourced supercomputer, Harvard rates solar energy potential of 2.3 million new compounds ...

EuroFlash

projectiondesign ships ProNet.precision, camera-assisted warp and blend software ...

Remote Cluster Administration offers a unique solution to the HPC skills gap ...

New Cluster Installation Further Strengthens Regional HPC Infrastructure ...

Altair Engineering announces 8th UK Altair Technology Conference;to be held at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire ...

GENOA, MCQ-Composites to join Altair Partner Alliance Composites line-up ...

Altair broadens relationship with Siemens PLM Software to enhance data exchange for its CAE software users ...

Neuroscience to benefit from hybrid supercomputer memory ...

ISC'13 caps 28th Conference with new attendance, awards and more ...

USFlash

CANARIE upgrades 100G research & education network with Ciena ...

Linguists, computer scientists use supercomputers to improve natural language processing ...

UC San Diego launches new research computing programme ...

Which qubit my dear? New method to distinguish between neighbouring quantum bits ...

Making memories: Practical quantum computing moves closer to reality ...

Intel introducing new Lustre solution during Lustre event, addressing new Lustre markets ...

NetApp unveils clustered data ONTAP innovations that pave the way for software-defined storage ...

HP expands Converged Storage portfolio ...

UC San Diego researchers get access to Open Science Grid ...

HP extends support for OpenVMS through year 2020 ...

IBM expands support for Linux on Power Systems servers ...