We have access to some very powerful super computer's through NSF's XSEDE
program. The XSEDE program was designed to provide a variety of supercomputing resources to support advanced computational research. Currently, we have access to the following systems:
Each system has a variety of different compute node configurations including ones with large memory (1TB), high number of cores (4096), and top-of-the line GPUs (Tesla K20). Just to give you an idea of the scale of these systems, one of the super computers, Stampede, is the 6th most powerful supercomputer in the world and boasts 14 petabytes of storage along with 10 petaFLOPs of computing power (10 quadrilliion floating point operations per second!).
The way these systems work is that users submit their computational jobs to a grid engine which schedules the job on a compute node. The amount of time the job runs determines how much we are charged against our allocation on each of these super computers. My hope is that Olin students will use these resources to do great things. If you are interested in using our allocation for your project please send me an e-mail
. My conditions for using the allocation are:
- You meet with me in person to discuss what you will use the allocation for
- You check with me before launching any large jobs
- You document how this resource has helped with your project
The last point is particular important as building a portfolio of student work enabled by high performance computing resources will help me make a more persuasive case for obtaining more resources in the future.
If you are interested in using the system, the first step is to create an account on the XSEDE portal. Use this link
to create an account. Once you have created an account, send me your username so we can begin the process of getting you added to Olin's super computing allocation. After I add you to the allocation it will take several days for the individual super computer sites to give you local accounts. Once you have been granted access, then you and I can sit down to go over how log in and use these resources.
My hope is that having these resources will allow Olin students to think bigger and tackle computationally harder problems. Happy supercomputing!