Detail of wiring in the high performance computing (HPC) data center at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility.

Redhawk3, new high performance computing cluster, now live

DJ Rao stands in front of a screen displaying computer-generated models of Zika virus epidemiology.
Miami faculty, including Dhananjai “DJ” Rao, of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, use the HPC for computer modeling and other research.

Miami University IT Services and Research Computing Support have been implementing a significant portion of the new high performance computing (HPC) cluster, named Redhawk3, over the last few months. The result: Redhawk3 went live for the Miami research community on October 11, at noon. While not at its full capacity yet, Redhawk3 already exceeds the compute power of the old system by far, in terms of available memory and compute speed.

The new machines have state-of-the art Intel processors that work at a clock speed of 2.6GHz, and each has 24 compute cores and about 100GB of shared memory. One large memory node has 1.5 TB of RAM. Now that the new system is being implemented, the old system will be decommissioned.

When users access the new cluster, they will find their home space and files from the old system transferred and readily available to them.

A new security feature will require users to authenticate with two-factor authorization, in line with the new Miami security policy. Current users of the HPC cluster can request detailed instructions on how to access the new cluster by emailing Research Computing Support.

By Jens Mueller, Senior Research Computing Specialist, Research Computing Support, Miami University.

HPC detail wiring photo by U.S. Department of Energy via Flickr, public domain. Photo of DJ Rao by Jeff Sabo, Miami University Photo Services.

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