HPC Midlands Launch - Introduction to HPC Midlands


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HPC Midlands Centre Director Dr Steven Kenny provides a brief overview of the supercomputing centre of excellence, from Loughborough University and the University of Leicester, co-funded by EPSRC. For more information, please see http://hpc-midlands.ac.uk

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HPC Midlands Launch - Introduction to HPC Midlands

  1. 1. Introduction to HPC MidlandsDr Steven Kenny, Director HPC MidlandsLoughborough University
  2. 2. Introduction• Loughborough has been running its own HPC systems for the last 12 years.• Largely academic systems, but have also supported industrial projects.• EPSRC-BIS call in December 2011 was aimed at creating regional centres.• One of the remits was to drive industrial usage of HPC.
  3. 3. Vision• Establish a regional Centre of Excellence for HPC with emphasis on industrially relevant research.• Enable direct access to World-class facilities to businesses, including SMEs to benefit the UK economy.• Form a partnership between Loughborough and Leicester Universities to deliver HPC to HEIs across the Midlands.
  4. 4. Aims and Objectives• Support “research that matters”.• Provide direct access to industry.• Be flexible and adaptable in meeting the needs of our industrial partners.• Populate the centre with engineering analysis software to address key challenges.• Give priority to excellent research with direct economic benefit.
  5. 5. Collaborate• Work directly with experts in Science and Engineering at Loughborough and Leicester Universities.• HPC Midlands will underpin that work by providing access to World-class facilities.• Opportunity at the end of the sessions for discussions.• Case studies highlight on-going work.
  6. 6. Supercomputing on demand Why make a huge capital investment in HPC when you can pay for the capacity you need, when you need it? HPC Midlands provides cost- effective supercomputing on demand for research and industry, delivered via the JANET network.
  7. 7. Supercomputing on demand Use our state-of-the-art hardware and expert support to: - Expedite jobs that could take weeks or months to run in-house - Enhance your existing HPC capability when you need to - Run commercial off-the-shelf software from leading vendors - Turn HPC from a capital to an operating expense
  8. 8. Soul of the new machine 3,000 cores (48 Teraflops) 11 chassis (18 blades each) 15TB RAM 120TB Lustre storage Non-blocking QDR Infiniband 188 compute node blades: 2 x 2.0GHz (8 core) Sandy Bridge 140 with 64GB RAM (4GB/core) 48 with 128GB RAM (8GB/core)
  9. 9. Soul of the new machine Commercial software: - CD-adapco Star-CCM+ - ANSYS CFX - MSC Marc - Intel Cluster Studio / MKL Open Source: - OpenFOAM - NETCDF - pHDF5 - PETSc (and more!)
  10. 10. Progress• Machine already being heavily utilised.• Awarded cpu time to a number of industrially driven projects.• Developed a SLA working in conjunction with a number of partners.• Developed agreements with independent software vendors for the supply of commercial software.
  11. 11. www.hpc-midlands.ac.uk01509 223110