What is HPC Midlands? New High Performance Computing facility for academia and industry Jointly operated by Loughborough University and University of Leicester £1m funding from EPSRC/BIS e-Infrastructure programme Building on relationships with existing industrial partners and software providers Opportunity to “operationalize” HPC spending
HPC Midlands Timeline8th December e-Infrastructure call received5th January HPC Midlands proposal submitted19th January Funding awarded23rd January Tender issued against RM721 framework24th January Mechanical and Electrical work commissioned30th January Tenders received and scored, contract awarded to Bull9th February Work begins to prepare the HPC Midlands site24th February Work begins on the plumbing / chilled water supply1st March Space being prepared for new chiller unit9th March 63A circuits now mostly in place15th March Raised floor installed21st March Dedicated chiller unit arrives and craned into place26th March Delivery of HPC Midlands hardware
HPC Midlands Partners: Intel• Cutting edge hardware innovations Nehalem/Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge Increase in cores/threads per socket, I/O bandwidth etc >2bn transistors per CPU! Many Integrated Core (MIC) Leading player in HPC compilers Intel Cluster StudioIntel will contribute training on parallelprogramming and their HPC tools
HPC Midlands Partners: ANSYSMarket leading HPC software (CFX, FLUENT etc)But significant capital investment required for licenses Locks out SMEs and spinoffs Inflexible in today’s challenging climateNew model: “Pay As You Go” access to the ANSYS suiteof products
HPC Midlands Partners: E.ONE.ON New Build and Technology, Software & ModellingSample use cases: Precipitator ductwork Gas turbine blade lifetime Gas turbine enclosure safety Wind farm resource assessment Steam flow in power plants
e-Infrastructure and JANET(UK)• JANET upgrades planned for e-Infrastructure £26m capital investment Potential for e.g. new primary connections / dedicated bandwidth for key research centres / instruments What would people like from JANET? Can we develop a model for JANET interconnects with industrial partners? JANET as _peer_ not backhaul Build on existing partnerships Move beyond Sneakernet scenario
HPC MidlandsBull User Group for eXtreme Computing, 2012Martin Hamilton, Centre Manager@martin_hamilton hpc-midlands.ac.uk
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