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ada: an IBM (mostly) NeXtScale Cluster

System Name: Ada ada
Host Name: ada.tamu.edu
Operating System: Linux (CentOS 6.5)
Nodes/cores per node: 845/20-core @ 2.5 GHz IvyBridge
Nodes with GPUs: 30 (2 Nvidia K20 GPUs/node)
Nodes with Phis: 9 (2 Phi coprocessors/node)
Memory size: 811 nodes with 64 GB/node;
34 nodes with 256 GB (DDR3 1866 MHz)
Extra-fat nodes/cores per node: 15/40-core @ 2.26 GHz Westmere;
4 2TB and 11 1TB (DDR2 1066 MHz)
Interconnect: FDR10 fabric based on the
Mellanox SX6536 core switch
Peak Performance: ~337 TFLOPs
Global Disk: 4 PB (raw) via IBM's GSS26 appliance
File System: Global Parallel File System (GPFS)
Batch: Platform LSF
Production Date: September 2014

Ada is a 17,500-core IBM commodity cluster with nodes based mostly on Intel's 64-bit 10-core IvyBridge processors. 20 of the nodes with GPUs have 256 GB of memory. Included in the 845 nodes are 8 login nodes with 256 GB of memory per node, 3 with 2 GPUs, and 3 with 2 Phi coprocessors.

Get details on using this system, see the User Guide for Ada.


eos: an IBM iDataplex Cluster

System Name: Eos eos
Host Name: eos.tamu.edu
Operating System: Linux (RedHat Enterprise Linux and CentOS)
Number of Nodes: 372(324 8-way Nehalem- and 48 12-way Westmere-based)
Number of Nodes with Fermi GPUs: 4(2 w 2 M2050 each and 2 w 1 M2070 each)
Number of Processing Cores: 3168(all@2.8GHz)
Interconnect Type: 4x QDR Infiniband (Voltaire Grid Director GD4700 switch)
Total Memory: 9,056 GB
Peak Performance: 35.5 TFlops
Total Disk: ~500 TB by a DDN S2A9900 RAID Array
File System: GPFS
Production Date: May 2010

Eos is an IBM "iDataPlex" commodity cluster with nodes based on Intel's 64-bit Nehalem & Westmere processor. The cluster is composed of 6 head nodes, 4 storage nodes, and 362 compute nodes. The storage and compute nodes have 24 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz memory while the head nodes have 48 GB of DDR3 1066 MHz memory. A Voltaire Grid Director 4700 QDR IB switch provides the core switching infrastructure.

Get details on using this system, see the User Guide for Eos. (For detailed technical information, click here.)


lonestar: a Dell Linux Cluster

Located at TACC

System Name: Lonestar 4 lonestar
Host Names: lonestar.tacc.utexas.edu
lslogin1.tacc.utexas.edu
lslogin2.tacc.utexas.edu
Operating System: Linux
Number of Nodes: 1,888
Number of Processing Cores: 22,656
Interconnect Type: Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand
Total Memory: 44 TB
Peak Performance: 302 TFlops
Total Disk: 276 TB (local), 1000 TB (global)
File System: Lustre
Batch Facility: Load Leveler
Production Date: 2011

The TACC Dell Linux Cluster contains 22,656 cores within 1,888 Dell PowerEdge M610 compute blades (nodes), 16 PowerEdge R610 compute-I/O server-nodes, and 2 PowerEdge M610 (3.3GHz) login nodes. Each compute node has 24GB of memory, and the login/development nodes have 16GB. The system storage includes a 1000TB parallel (SCRATCH) Lustre file system, and 276TB of local compute-node disk space (146GB/node). A QDR InfiniBand switch fabric interconnects the nodes (I/O and compute) through a fat-tree topology, with a point-to-point bandwidth of 40GB/sec (unidirectional speed).

Compute nodes have two processors, each a Xeon 5680 series 3.33GHz hex-core processor with a 12MB unified L3 cache. Peak performance for the 12 cores is 160 GFLOPS. The new Westmere microprocessor (basically similar to the Nehalem processor family, but using 32nm technology) has the following features: hex-core, shared L3 cache per socket, Integrated Memory Controller, larger L1 caches, Macro Ops Fusion, double-speed integer units, Advanced Smart Cache, and new SSE4.2 instructions. The memory system has 3 channels and uses 1333 MHz DIMMS.

Technical information from TACC HPC Resources. Get more information about using Lonestar in the TACC Dell Linux Cluster User Guide.