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The Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research. History : 1987 Standard Oil Donates Cyber 205 Supercomputer to UM 6 Supercomputers over the Past 14 Years Separate from UM in budget of MS Legislature Mission: High Performance Computing Support

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Background

History:

1987 Standard Oil Donates Cyber 205 Supercomputer to UM

6 Supercomputers over the Past 14 Years

Separate from UM in budget of MS Legislature

Mission: High Performance Computing Support

Provides Computing Cycles, Applications, and Support

Enhances Instructional and Research Climates

Serves all 8 Mississippi Public Universities

Helps Bring Research $$$ into Mississippi

Background


Why use mcsr
Why use MCSR?

  • Reference us in proposals to secure grants for computationally intensive research.

  • Leave the fast computing to us.

  • Use our specialized math, science, and engineering packages in your instruction or research.

  • Let your students learn on us.

  • Tap into our experience in Unix, Linux, and Cluster Building.


Current systems

SGI Origin 2800

128 CPUs

64 GB Memory

1.6 Terabytes of Disk

Current Systems

Cray C916

  • 10 Processors

  • 1 Gigaword Memory

  • 512 megaword solid-state storage device (SSD)

  • 460 Gigabytes of Disk Space

SGI Altix 3700

  • 64 Processors

  • 64 GB Memory

Linux Beowulf

  • 219 Node Cluster of Compaq, Dell, Gateway, & CSI Intel Processors

SGI Onyx 10000

  • 8 Processors

  • Infinite Reality Graphics


Magnolia
Magnolia

  • Cray C916/10-1024 running Unicos 10 (Unix)

  • Installed October, 1999

  • FORTRAN, C/C++ Compilers

  • Optimization via:

    • Vectorization

    • Fortran autotasking

    • C Microtasking


Redwood
Redwood

  • SGI 3700 Super Cluster (Linux)

  • Installed June, 2004

  • 64 CPUs, 64 GB Memory

  • FORTRAN, C/C++ Compilers

  • Optimization via:

    • Parallel processing

    • Message Passing (MPI)

    • Shared Memory (OpenMP)


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SGI Origin 2800 (Sweetgum)

Hardware

  • 128 CPUs

    • 64 R12000 300 MHz CPUs

    • 64 R10000 195 MHz CPUs

  • 64 Gigabytes shared memory

  • 1.6 Terabyates of fiberchannel disk

  • Irix 6.5.17f (Unix)

  • Gigabit uplink to Internet2

  • Origin 2000 (1999) + 2nd Origin 2000 (2002) = Origin 2800


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SGI Origin 2800 (Sweetgum)

Programming Environment

  • IRIX (Unix-based) OS (6.5.17f)

  • MIPSpro FORTRAN, C, C++ Compilers (7.3.1.3)

  • Math/Scientific Libraries - LAPACK, BLAS, ARPACK, LINPACK

  • Optimization via Parallelization

    • Directives-based approach:

      • Fortran, C, C++, HPF, OpenMP via compiler directives

      • Automatically via Power Fortran Accelerator

    • Message Passing Approach:

      • MPI (message library calls from Fortran/C/C++)


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SGI Origin 2800 (Sweetgum)

Applications

  • GAMESS, Gaussian 94/98/03, UNICHEM

  • IMSL

  • MATLAB

  • ABAQUS & PATRAN

  • NCAR Graphics

  • Xgnuplot

  • PETSc


Mimosa
Mimosa

Hardware

  • 219 Intel single-processor nodes

    • 1 Master + 212 Compute + 6 I/O = 219 nodes

    • P4’s and P3’s with 500MB – 1GB memory each

    • Dell, Compaq, Gateway, and CSI desktop systems

  • 4 rows of cabinets

  • Gigabit Ethernet

  • http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/computing/diagrams/mimosa.htm


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Mimosa

Programming Environment

  • RedHat Linux 8.0

  • PGI CDK w/Fortran, C/C++ compilers

  • PBS Pro

  • Optimization via Parallelization

    • Fortran, C, C++ via compiler directives

    • Automatically via Power Fortran Accelerator

    • MPI - PGI MPI 4.1 and MPICH 1.2.4

  • Math/Scientific Computing Libraries

    • LAPACK, BLAS, ARPACK


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Mimosa

Applications

  • Guassian 98

  • GAMESS

  • NWChem

  • PETSc


Onyx

Hardware

  • 8 R10000 195 MHz Processors

  • 2GB Memory

  • Infinite Reality Graphics Engine supporting Sirius Video

    Software

  • Irix

  • MIPSPro Fortran, C/C++

  • OpenGL, GLUT

  • MPI


Mcsr software applications

Finite Element Analysis: Abaqus, Patran, Dyna-3D

Chemistry: Gaussian, NWChem, Amber

Math: IMSL, Matlab

Compilers: FORTRAN, C/C++, , HPF

Parallel Programming: MPI (MPICH, LAM), Batch Jobs Systems: NQS, PBS

Communications: Secure Shell, Xwin-32

MCSR Software/Applications


Um research server

willow.olemiss.edu

Sun 420R w/4 450 MHz CPU’s, 4096 MB, Solaris 7

Generally, a UM resource (all students & faculty)

Exceptions granted to IHLs based on need and availability

Computational Research, Instruction, Self-paced learning

Math/Statistics: SAS, SPSS, Limdep, Lisrel, IMSL, Matlab

Programming: FORTRAN 77/90, C/C++ , Java, MySQL

http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/computing/willow.html

UM Research Server


Mcsr services

3 Supercompting User Consultants; 1 Stats Consultant

Support: Email/Phone/Walk-in/On-site/Web (FAQs, Articles)

Unix/Linux Questions (Unix Help for Users)

Account and connectivity troubleshooting

Negotiating MCSR job queues; Optimization; Parallelization

Seminars/Tours (Unix/Linux, Parallel Programming, Clustering)

Linux clustering consulting

Mailing list management

Unix/Linux SysAdmin Troubleshooting (Irix, Solaris)

MCSR Services


Who uses mcsr systems
Who Uses MCSR Systems?

We currently support over 813 research accounts on all MCSR systems and over 750 individual and class accounts. During our history, we have supported over 500 research projects.


What kinds of research
What kinds of research?

  • FY 2004 saw over $40 million in active grants for MCSR researchers, covering research projects including:

  • Assembling novel materials from molecular clusters

  • Silicon Stabilization of Alpha/beta silanes. 

  • Automobile Crush Test Modeling

  • Seismic Vulnerability Modeling

  • Antennae Design

  • Routing/Scheduling Optimization

  • many others….


Mcsr accounts
MCSR Accounts

  • MCSR accounts for students/faculty of 8 MS public Universities

  • UM Research Server accounts for UM students/faculty

    • Research Server accounts for other IHLs (based on need)

  • Non-Research Account Categories

    • General/Instructional (open-ended for learning use)

    • Class (sets of class accounts for one semester only)

  • Applying for an Individual Account

    • Individual Computer Account Request Form

    • IT Helpdesk (Weir Hall)

    • Copy of University ID

    • Signed Copy of UM Appropriate Use Policy


Mcsr accounts cont
MCSR Accounts (cont.)

  • Research Accounts for MCSR servers only

  • Research Accounts have more privileged system use

    • /ptmp directories

    • increased job priorities

  • Research Categories

    • Thesis/Dissertation

    • Research (Open-ended Research without Funding)

    • Pending Funded Research (research w/pending grants)

    • Funded Research (one or more current grants)

  • Apply for Research Accounts using Online Acct. Manager

    • https://secure.olemiss.edu/resdb/


Communicating with mcsr
Communicating with MCSR

  • Browse www.mcsr.olemiss.edu

  • Email [email protected]

  • Call (662) 915-7206; ask for a supercomputer consultant

  • Walk in to Weir Hall, UM campus

  • Schedule or attend Workshops/Seminars

  • Read MCSR News Flashes

    • www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/newsflash

    • Emailed to research accounts (mcsr-users mailing list)

    • news | pg

  • MCSR E-Newsletter

  • MCSR Account Manager (accounts, grants, email addresses)


Reported research funds were $35,480,858in FY2003, up 242% since FY1999


MCSR FY2003 budget: $1,213,234in FY2003, down from $1,913,110 in FY1999


MCSR supported a total of 722research accounts across all systems in FY2003


537,762 CPU hours were generated on the SGI Origin Supercomputer for MCSR researchers in FY2003


2,932,619 System Billing Unitswere generated for the Cray supercomputer in FY2003


There were over $29 in active research grants for every $1 spent on MCSR in FY2003


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