The University of Alabama offers several resources for research computing.

UAHPC

UAHPC (formerly RC2) is a 85 node (1500 core) cluster featuring Dell PowerEdge M610s, M620s, and M630s with over 22 Teraflops theoretical sustained performance. Eighteen nodes contain two Intel 6-Core Nehalem Xeon X5650 processors, 48GB of SDRAM, and the newer nodes contain two Intel 8-Core E5-2650, E5-2640v2, or 10-core E5-2640v3 processors and at least 64GB of RAM per node. The newest nodes have 20-cores with 96 GB or memory. There are five high memory nodes (384 GB up to 1TB). For jobs which need a single node there are several with 48 cores or more, ranging up to 88.

These compute nodes are controlled by a Dell PowerEdge M830 master node containing two 10-core processors, and 3TB of 15,000 RPM SAS6 Hard Drive capacity for sharing applications and home directories across the cluster. In addition, two dedicated storage nodes allow for efficient handling of data between compute nodes and the data storage devices. The storage nodes are connected via PERC H700 or H810 controllers to a total of approximately 100 TB of storage in five Dell PowerVault MD1200s, plus another 20TB of internal disks in the second storage node. The storage nodes have 10G connectivity to the internet.

All nodes are connected internally within their Dell M1000e chassis by Infiniband 4x QDR at a throughput of 40 Gbit/s, and all the chassis are interconnected through a pair of external Infiniband switches (2:1 oversubscribed). Storage is shared between nodes using NFS on IPoIB.

UAHPC Configuration

  • Dell Blade architecture
  • Rocks 6.2
  • Centos 6.6
  • SLURM 15.08
  • 2-seat license for Intel Parallel Studio XE for Linux
UAHPC Portal

Alabama Supercomputer Authority

The supercomputers at the Alabama Supercomputer Center are used for college course work and academic research.

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XSEDE

The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated advanced digital resources and services in the world.

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Custom Solutions

Custom computing solutions are available in certain circumstances when one of our other services does not fit your needs. Office of Information Technology Research Computing staff will help you assess your needs and will discuss your options with you – please submit a help request form for more information.


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