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.
A leading academic supercomputing facility, CCR has more than
100 Tflops of peak performance compute capacity and 600 TB of
high-performance storage. CCR's computing facilities,
which are housed in a state-of-the-art 4000 sq ft machine room,
include a Linux cluster with more than 8000 processor cores and QDR
Infiniband interconnect. A subset (32) of the cluster nodes contain
(64) NVidia Tesla M2050 "Fermi" graphics processing units (GPUs).
The Center also maintains several high-performance storage systems
including Isilon-based storage (320TB) as well as a parallel
storage system from Panasas (215TB). The Center's clusters contain
high-performance low-latency Infiniband networks, and the clusters
are interconnected with a 10 gigabit Ethernet (10gigE) core network
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.
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 start of 2011, CCR put two new storage systems into production to help UB researchers. We've designed the systems to provide fast I/O for parallel applications as well as provide the security of high availability and reliability. We've also made sure these storage systems 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.
The Panasas NAS provides 180TB of high performance global scratch space. The Panasas NAS is accessible to users while running applications. This high performance storage is recommended for applications that require significant (or parallel) I/O throughput. Please note that it is volatile storage and not meant to serve as permanent storage.
All servers and compute nodes in all the clusters have local disk space (/scratch).
Breakdown of the local scratch space for the U2 (general compute) cluster can be found here