High Performance Computing Clusters
UCD Research IT provide a wide range of services to the UCD Research community in relation to the provisioning and use of High Performance Compute Clusters. The HPC environment is ideal for researchers who need access to substantial computing resources, allowing them to greatly reduce the time required to perform large scale calculations. We currently have 3 options for the use of HPC clusters:
Tier 1 is a national service and is allocated to user projects that range in size from small "Discovery" (Class C) projects to large multi-year "High Impact" (Class A) projects. Customers for this service may require PI level status. Further information on this service is available here.
In collaboration with ICHEC (Irish Centre for High End Computing) ResearchIT offers a HPC condominium service which allows users to run large parallel processing jobs via fionn.ichec.ie. Further details on this service are available here. The software available on the fionn cluster is available to view here.
Tier 3 offers the use of either the Sonic or Matlab clusters which are both suitable for serial or loosely coupled jobs. These clusters are offered under both the Community and Shared Compute models. The Community model allows those customers who can offer funding to these clusters a higher priority level over other customers who are operating with more restricted budgets. Both clusters are administered and managed by ResearchIT at no cost to the customers using them. Further information is available here.
Research IT Tier 3 Clusters
|Number of Nodes||24||8|
|Total Number of Cores||656 (hyper-threaded)||64|
|Total Processing Speed||4.974 Teraflops per second||0.645 Teraflops per second|
|Processor Speed||2.0GHz Intel Ivy Bridge||3.0GHz Intel Harpertown|
|Memory per Nodes||128Gb (16) 256Gb (8)||32Gb|
|Interconnect||Ethernet (1Gb)||Ethernet (1Gb)|
|Home Directory Quota||50GB||100Gb|
|Additional Nodes Types||
GPU - Nvidia Telsa M2090 512 core & 64GB RAM
|Computational Usage||Suitable for serial or loosely coupled jobs||Matlab Users Only|
|User Guide||Sonic User Guide||Matlab User Guide|
|Software List||Sonic Software List||Matlab R2013b|
|Full Hardware Specification||Sonic Hardware Spec||N/A|
Applying for a HPC Account
To apply for an account on any of these clusters please fill out this application form and a member from Research IT or ICHEC will be in contact with you.
For Help, Advice or Additional Software Requirements
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org