Cluster Configuration

Extreme HPC Resource

Extreme is a heterogeneous cluster with multiple generations of Intel processors that provides users with fast processing capabilities. Each node consists of 2 Intel Xeon E5 processors. The system includes high-memory nodes having 1TB of RAM. Two login nodes are provided for user logins, managing jobs and file system access.

Compute Nodes: There are three types of compute nodes, segregated by their processor and memory configuration. Total of 203 nodes. Each compute and login nodes run on CentOS 6.9

  1. Generation-1 – 160 Nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2670 @ 2.60 GHz, cache size of 20MB with 16 cores in each node. 128GB RAM and 1TB local storage.
  2. Generation-2 – 40 Nodes with Intel Xeon E5-2670 @2.50 GHz, cache size of 20MB with 20 cores per node. 128 GB RAM and 1TB local storage.
  3. Highmem – Intel Xeon E5-4650L @ 2.60GHz, cache size of 20MB with 32 cores per node with 1TB RAM. 3 high-memory nodes for large data intensive and multi core parallelizable applications.

 

File System: Extreme provides two storage file systems, NFS and Lustre.

  1. NFS Storage – A high capacity with 1.14 PB of raw persistent storage. All user home directories and group shares can be found here.
  2. Lustre Storage – An extremely fast storage with RAID 6 configuration and communicating with nodes over QDR Infiniband. It is a 288TB fast scratch storage, which should be used exclusively at run time; results should be transferred as soon as possible.

Interconnect: Extreme uses Infiniband (QDR) high speed network. Communicating with each other through high bandwidth Infiniband switches.

 

SABER Big Data +  HPC Resource

Compute Nodes: SABER consists of 76 nodes; each compute and login node runs on CentOS 7.3

Each node with Intel Xeon E5-2650@2.20GHz, cache size of 30MB with 24 cores per node. 128GB RAM and 1TB local storage.

File System: Extreme provides two storage file systems, NFS and Lustre.

  1. NFS Storage – A high capacity with 524 TB(0.5 PB) of raw persistent storage. All user home directories and group shares can be found here.
  2. Lustre Storage – An extremely fast storage with RAID 6 configuration and communicating with nodes over QDR Infiniband. It is a 760TB fast scratch storage, which should be used exclusively at run time; results should be transferred as soon as possible.

Interconnect: SABER uses FDR Infiniband by Mellanox that is capable of supporting internode communications at 56Gb/s to form a high-speed internal network. SABER operates on combination of EDR spine and FDR leaf switches with a 2:1 blocking factor ratio.

 

Pricing: Pricing information for SABER (Fees-for-service cluster) can be found on the Place Order page. For more information, Please reach us at acer@uic.edu.

Please contact us if your department is interested in utilizing the next generation on Extreme.