Feeds

Day of the Trifid: VPAC fires up new HPC cluster

$AU1.2m buy adds 45+ TFLOPS

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC), a consortium of Australian universities, has flipped the switch on 45.9 Teraflops of a new $1.22 million HP-based cluster to cope with rising workloads from partners La Trobe University and RMIT, and its other customers.

The Reg understands the 180-node, 2,880 core machine at VPAC is based on HP SL230 modules with DL380 standalone units as the login and management nodes.

According to Dr Mark Kosten, La Trobe University’s director of e-Research, workloads have been rising at all of Victoria’s supercomputing facilities. La Trobe’s cluster had hit 80 per cent usage, and both Monash’s MASSIVE and the University of Melbourne-based VLSCI are both showing similar growth.

“About two years ago, the director of eResearch at RMIT and I discussed joining forces on purchasing a new high-performance cluster, to gain performance not otherwise available to each of us alone,” Kosten told The Register in an e-mail.

Four nodes in the CentOS-based system are currently populated with NVIDIA Kepler GPUs, he said, with all nodes able to use GPUs (providing a straightforward upgrade path). Interconnects are provided by Mellanox Infiniband FDR switches over 10 Gbps Ehernet. The system includes 168 64 GB memory nodes and six 256 GB memory nodes.

Kosten also noted that the link between VPAC and La Trobe university, currently running at 1 Gbps, is due to be upgraded to 10 Gbps this year. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS
Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.