High Performance Computing:
Talon 2.0
Dr. Scott Yockel, Manager of HPC Services
Academic and User Services
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Located in Denton, TX at the northern edge of the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex

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The nation's 26th largest public un...
Growth of HPC Research since FY’10
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PI’s utilizing HPC Services has grown five-fold to 55, with over 350 users.

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Talon 2.0 Specs - Overview
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Talon 2.0 is only a 42% increase in equipment cost, but provides:
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10 times the hi...
Talon 2.0 Topology
vis-login

talon2

hpc-02

hpc-01

(3 x X11)

(/home)

(/admin, /share)

(remote, research)

Login Node...
Dell | Terascala High-Performance Storage Solution DT-HSS4.5

Talon 2.0 Specs - Storage

Figure 2 HSS4.5 Components Overvi...
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Univ. of North Texas: Solving the HPC Data Deluge

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In this presentation from the Dell booth at SC13, Scott Yockel from the University of North Texas describes how Big Data gets handled for HPC at the University.

"As science drives a rapidly growing need for storage, existing environments face increasing pressure to expand capabilities while controlling costs. Many researchers, scientists and engineers find that they are outgrowing their current system, but fear their organizations may be too small to cover the cost and support needed for more storage. Join these experts for a lively discussion on how you can take control and solve the HPC data deluge."

Watch the video presentation: http://insidehpc.com/2013/12/03/panel-discussion-solving-hpc-data-deluge/

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Univ. of North Texas: Solving the HPC Data Deluge

  1. 1. High Performance Computing: Talon 2.0 Dr. Scott Yockel, Manager of HPC Services Academic and User Services
  2. 2. u  Located in Denton, TX at the northern edge of the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex u  The nation's 26th largest public university with over 36,000. u  u  u  97 bachelor's, 81 master's and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally recognized. One of the top programs in Computational Chemistry – Electronic Structure The university has been named one of America's 100 Best College Buys® for 17 consecutive years and is listed as a “Best in the West” college by The Princeton Review.
  3. 3. Growth of HPC Research since FY’10 u  PI’s utilizing HPC Services has grown five-fold to 55, with over 350 users. u  The number of departments has expanded from 4 to 14, across 5 colleges. u  11 in Physics, 8 in Chemistry, 8 in Mathematics, 6 in Materials Science, 5 in Computer Science, 4 in Biology, 3 in Electrical Engineering, 3 at the Health Science Center, 2 in Mechanical & Energy Engineering, 1 in Engineering Technology, 1 in Sociology, 1 in Educational Psychology, 1 in Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation and 1 at UNT-Dallas (Chemistry). u  5% of all faculty utilize HPC Services and bring in 10% of all externallyfunded grants at UNT. u  Projected Growth for FY’13-FY’16 u  ~20 new faculty hires are planned in S.T.E.M. areas of research u  Total number of researchers could easily grow to 500 users by FY’16 u  It is anticipated that 10-15 new faculty with data intensive research will be hired by FY’16, with as many as 40 existing faculty across the entire academic spectrum possibly joining HPC computing
  4. 4. Talon 2.0 Specs - Overview u  Talon 2.0 is only a 42% increase in equipment cost, but provides: u  u  10 times the high-performance storage at 1.5PB with Dell-Terascala’s HSS4.5 Storage Appliance u  3 times the interconnect speed at 56Gb/s with Mellanox FDR InfiniBand u  u  5 times the processing power with 4096 computing cores in 250 Dell R420 series of servers. Twice the available memory, with up to 512GB in a single server. This new system aims at addressing sophisticated problems requiring massive parallelization, large memory arrays, and/or a large volume of high-performance storage that are crucial to the research goals of 55 research groups at UNT.
  5. 5. Talon 2.0 Topology vis-login talon2 hpc-02 hpc-01 (3 x X11) (/home) (/admin, /share) (remote, research) Login Nodes (cluster controller) Research SAN MDS-01/02 (200TB) Terascala (1.4PB) Infrastructure layer OSS-03/04/ 05/06 Mellanox FDR InfiniBand (scratch) c32 c64 (160 x 16 cores) (64 x 16 cores) c512 (8 x 32 core) g64 (16 x 16core, 1024 GPUs) compute nodes
  6. 6. Dell | Terascala High-Performance Storage Solution DT-HSS4.5 Talon 2.0 Specs - Storage Figure 2 HSS4.5 Components Overview u  Eight 60 x 4TB drives for 1.92 PB raw u  RAID/6 8+2 – 48 LUNs u  Lustre 2.1.5 parallel filesystem u  1.4 PB usable storage u  Initial testing r/w u  13 GB/s read u  8 GB/s write
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