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Computing Resources

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. 

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CCR's large production clusters currently provide more than 100 Tflops of peak compute capacity

High Performance Computing

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.

Cloud Computing

UB CCR's research cloud, nicknamed Lake Effect, is a subscription-based Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) cloud that provides root level access to virtual servers and storage on demand.  This means CCR can now provide tech-savy researchers with hardware that is not part of a compute cluster that can be used for testing software and databases, running websites for research projects, conducting proof-of-concept studies for grant funding, and many other things to benefit your research.  The CCR cloud is 100% compatible with Amazon's Web Services (AWS) to allow our users to go between the two services.  More details about the Lake Effect cloud

 

High End Visualization

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.

Storage

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.  This storage is CCR's high performance parallel file system.   With 40GigE connections to the core Arista network, it provides I/O performance in excess of 30 GigaBytes per second sustained in tests.  Designed for high performance and concurrent access, CCR’s GPFS is primarily intended for generation and analyses of large quantities of short-lived data (scratch usage).

In December 2015, CCR put into place an EMC Isilon NAS storage solution which serves as the high reliability core storage for user home and group project directories.  The storage system consists of 1PB of usable storage in a hierarchical storage pool connected to the CCR core network with two 10GigE links per server.  The storage is designed to tolerate simultaneous failures, helping ensure the 24x7x365 availability of the Center's primary storage.   

CCR also offers storage for archival purposes as well as storage accessible in the research cloud.  Please contact us to discuss your data storage needs and how we can best provide assistance for your research projects.

More details on enterprise user home & project directories, high speed scratch, archival (budget), and cloud storage

 

CCR maintains several enterprise level networks to handle both the high speed required in HPC but also the large datasets often generated by HPC users.  See more details about the various networks in use at CCR