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UF Research Computing: Introduction and Getting Started. Erik Deumens Research Computing. Mission. Create opportunities for research and scholarship Improve competitiveness in securing external funding Provide to UF researchers

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Uf research computing introduction and getting started

UF Research Computing:Introduction and Getting Started

Erik Deumens

Research Computing


Mission

Mission

  • Create opportunities for research and scholarship

  • Improve competitiveness in securing external funding

  • Provide to UF researchers

    • High-performance computing and big data storage resources

    • Support, training, and consulting services


Funding and operation

Funding and operation

  • Funding for people and machines

    • Provost, VP Research, CIO, Deans

    • Faculty participation for hardware purchases

      • Research Computing Matching Program

  • Limited use for any UF faculty member

    • Up to 8 cores at the same time

    • Buying-in gets access to and priority on additional resources

  • Comprehensive management

    • Hardware maintenance and 24x7 monitoring

    • Relieve researchers of the majority of systems administration tasks


Matching program 2011

Matching Program 2011


Matching program 2012

Matching Program 2012

  • Same budget of $300K

  • Currently $250K already committed (Nov 2012)


Services offered

Services offered

  • NCU Normalized Compute Units

    • 1 core in node with RAM, network, access to 230 TB fast scratch storage

    • Acquisition is for 5 years

    • Cost: $400 per NCU

  • RSU Replicated long-term Storage Units

    • 1 TB for 1 year

    • Cost: $250 per RSU

  • LSU Long-term Storage Units

    • 1 TB for 1 year

    • Cost: $125 per LSU


Larsen hall machine room

Larsen Hall machine room


Resources

Resources

  • Hardware Resources

    • Over 7,300cores AMD and Intel

    • High-speed, low-latency InfiniBandinterconnects

    • >1.5 PB, high performance Lustre and Nexenta storage

    • Dedicated MPI cluster for 64-way and up to 512.

    • 80 GPUs—for CUDA code, etc.

    • Several large memory (512 GB, 1 TB) nodes


Coming in 2013

Coming in 2013

  • Internet2 Innovation Platform

    • Campus connection to Internet upgrade

    • From 10 Gpbs to 100 Gpbs

    • Campus Research Network from 20 to 200 Gbps

  • New Data Center on Eastside Campus

    • 5,000 sq. ft. space for research computing

    • 10,000 sq.ft and 1.75 MW total

  • New cluster

    • 16,000 cores AMD

    • Infiniband interconnect

    • 2.8 PB (raw) fast, high-availability, storage


Usage p riorities

Usage priorities

  • Investors get fast access

    • To the nr of cores they bought

    • Within minutes to at most an hour

      • Check that your job can actually run

      • Also check that others in the group did not use all slots

    • Can burst up to 10 times that nr if cores are idle

      • Not continuous use of 10 times the nr of cores

  • Non-investors can use

    • Up to 8 cores simultaneously

    • Lower priority than investors to start jobs


Getting started

Getting started

  • User Accounts

    • Qualifications:

      • Current UF faculty, UF graduate student, and researchers

    • Request at: http://www.hpc.ufl.edu/support/

    • Requirements:

      • GatorLink Authentication

      • Faculty sponsorship for graduate students and

        researchers


Help and support

Help and support

  • Help Request Tickets

    • https://support.hpc.ufl.edu

    • For any kind of question or help requests

    • Searchable database of solutions

  • We are here to help!

    • [email protected]


Documentation

Documentation

  • http://wiki.hpc.ufl.edu

    • Documents on hardware and software resources

    • Various user guides

    • Many sample submission scripts

  • http://hpc.ufl.edu/support

    • Frequently Asked Questions

    • Account set up and maintenance


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