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High Performance Computing

The HPC² provides substantial high performance computing resources for use by its member centers.

Shadow is a Cray CS300-LC cluster with 4800 Intel Ivy Bridge processor cores and 28,800 Intel Xeon Phi cores. Each node has either 512 GB of RAM (45%), 128 GB of RAM (45%) or 64 GB of RAM (10%) for a system total of 70 TB of RAM. Furthermore, each node is interconnected via FDR InfiniBand (56 Gb/s). Shadow has a peak performance of 593 teraFLOPS (trillion calculations per second). Shadow is the first production system of its kind and uses an innovative cooling system called direct, warm-water cooling, which allows the system to be cooled with water as warm as 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). On the June 2015 TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list, Shadow was ranked as the 143rd fastest computer in the world and the 11th most powerful computer at any academic site in the United States. It was also the 16th most energy efficient supercomputer in the world according to the June 2015 Green500 list.

Scout is a Dell C8220 cluster composed of 160 Dell nodes, each with 16 2x Xeon cores (E5-2680 2.7GHz, turbo, 3.5GHz, 8 core Sandy Bridge processors) and 32 GB of memory totaling 5 TB. Each node is interconnected via FDR InfiniBand (56 Gb/s). The system has 8 nodes with 1 Nvidia K20 GPU.

In addition to these systems, the HPC² has many smaller x86 Windows and Linux based servers that provide computational services for various groups and individual projects.