HPC New Cluster Announcement

The University of Kentucky has awarded a contract to Dell Inc for a new supercomputer cluster to replace our Lipscomb High Performance Computing Cluster, also known as the DLX. The University put out an RFP on March 29 and received five responses. After a thorough assessment by an evaluation committee of faculty and IT administrators, Dell's proposal was chosen as the best fit for our needs, within our budget, and the most flexible proposal overall.

Preliminary engineering layout for the new cluster

The new cluster will be installed in McVey Hall when it arrives in July and must be fully operational before the end of August. Due to the limited power in McVey Hall, the Lipscomb cluster must be powered down before the full new cluster can be powered up. This will mean an intense effort by Dell technicians, our HPC team, Data Center Operations, and the Center for Computational Sciences to minimize the disruption for our researchers. As soon as possible, a Conversion Schedule will be posted.

The new facility will be an important step in helping UK researchers to keep pace in the design of new materials for magnetic applications, understanding of biological chemical processes, investigations of the origins of the universe and subatomic particles, development of new types of batteries, and improvements in automobile manufacture and design of improved pharmaceuticals.

The new cluster will feature:

  • 256 basic compute nodes, each with dual Intel E5-2670 2.6 GHz 8 core (2x8) processors and 64GB
  • 8 "fat" compute nodes, each with quad Intel E5-4640 2.4 GHz 8 core (4x8) processors and 512GB
  • 24 GPU enabled nodes, each with dual Intel E5-2670 2.6 GHz 8 core (2x8) processors, 64GB, and two NVIDIA M2075 GPUs
  • 800 TB of DDN storage for home and scratch space
  • FDR InfiniBand interconnect fabric

The new supercomputer will have a theoretical maximum of 140 teraflops. A teraflop is a trillion floating point operations (calculations) per second. We're hoping for 80% efficiency on a sustained test, which would have been good enough for #160 on the June 2012 Top 500 supercomputers list. The DLX runs at about 40 teraflops in a sustained test and debuted at #259 on the November 2012 list.

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