The Center for Computational Research, a leading academic supercomputing facility, maintains a high-performance computing environment, high-end visualization laboratories, and support staff with expertise in advanced computing, modeling and simulation, visualization, and networking.
The Center’s extensive computing facilities, which are
housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine room, include a
generally accessible (to all UB researchers) Linux cluster with
more than 8000 processor cores and QDR Infiniband, a subset (32) of
which contain (64) NVidia Tesla M2050 “Fermi” graphics
processing units (GPUs). Industrial partners of the
University have access to a cluster with more than 3400 processor
cores and FDR Infiniband. The Center maintains a 3PB IBM GPFS
high-performance parallel file system. The computer
visualization laboratory features a tiled display wall, and a
VisDuo passive stereo system. A leading academic
supercomputing facility, CCR has more than 170 Tflops of peak
performance compute capacity. CCR additionally hosts a number
of clusters and specialized storage devices for various specific
departments, projects, and collaborations, interested researchers
should contact CCR staff.
The computer visualization laboratory features a tiled display
wall, and a VisDuo passive stereo system. The tiled display
device was assembled for the purpose of allowing scientific
investigations of high-resolution images by teams of scientists
working in a comfortable setting. In addition, it has proven to be
ideal for urban planning and design efforts. The tiled-display wall
is back-projected by 9x EPSON HD Projectors (edge blended with no
seams) arranged in a matrix 3 across and 3 high providing 15.2
Megapixels of resolution. The VisDuo is a ceiling
mounted, 2 projector, passive stereo display, used for viewing
complex 3D environments, molecular structures, and medical
simulations. The stereo effect is realized by each projector
producing images for one eye. The output is polarized by special
filters and the resulting image is viewed on a custom polarization
preserving screen. Users can view the resulting 3D imagery by
wearing lightweight polarizing glasses.
Remote Visualization: CCR offers dedicated compute nodes that host remote visualization capabilities for CCR users that require use of an OpenGL application GUI with access to the CCR Cluster resources.
While users of the CCR clusters may have varying degrees of data storage requirements, most agree they need large amounts of storage and they want it available from all the CCR resources. At the beginning of 2015, CCR put a new 3 PB (petabyte) IBM GPFS storage system into production to help UB researchers. We've designed the system to provide fast I/O for parallel applications as well as provide the security of high availability and reliability. We've also made sure this storage system can be easily expanded as the storage needs for nearly all areas of research continue to increase exponentially. Please contact us to discuss your data storage needs and how we can best provide assistance for your research projects.
CCR provides 500TB of high performance global scratch space.
All servers and compute nodes in all the clusters have local disk space (/scratch).