High Performance Computing (HPC) at URI

On March 6, 2014, Yang Shen (Oceanography at GSO) and Ying Zhang (cell and molecular biology in CELS) together with ITS Operations staff powered up URI’s first High Performance Computer (HPC).  The system, purchased with grant and start-up funds obtained by Shen and Zhang, was purchased from PSCC Labs.  It consists of

Pictured from the left: Garry Bozylinsky, Yang Shen, Terry Wild, and Ying Zhang

Pictured from the left: Garry Bozylinsky, Yang Shen, Terry Wild, and Ying Zhang

1200 CPU cores,
8.7 TB of memory,
360 TB storage, and
throughput of 25 teraflops.

ITS provides support for the system in terms of operations, systems, and backup.  It is located in the ITS Tyler data center that is equipped with UPS, generator backup, redundant air conditioning, and space for expansion.  ITS is currently working with URI researchers led by Shen, Zhang as well as Joan Peckham (chair, computer science) and Angelo Lucia (chemical engineering) to develop a high performance and research computing center at URI with staffing to support researchers in their use of computer resources and need for data management.