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Hardware & Software Architecture

The latest addition to the ICTS HPC facility is the 2048-cores Intel cluster. This cluster is composed of 64 nodes, installed in the ICTS data center. Of the sixty-four, one head node and all others are execution nodes. This is a homogeneous cluster with each node consisting of 64 processing cores with hyperthreading enabled. The cluster nodes are connected using Intel Omnipath switches.

Hardware Overview:

The cluster has 64 nodes and the hardware configuration for each node is as follows:-

  • Compute Nodes:

    • Intel® Xeon® Processor Gold 6130, 2 processors (16 cores each) operating at 2.1 GHz clock speed
    • 192 GB Main Memory DDR4 ECC SDRAM
    • 1000GB SATA 6Gbps HDD for OS and system software
    • Network: Intel Omnipath (3:1 blocking)
  • Master Node:

    • Intel® Xeon® Processor Gold 6130, 2 processors (16 cores each) operating at 2.1 GHz clock speed
    • 384 GB Main Memory DDR4 ECC SDRAM
    • 2 x 400 Gb Enterprise SSD for OS and system software
    • Network: Intel Omnipath (3:1 blocking)
  • Storages:

    • Network Attached Storage of 500 TB capacity usable after the RAID
    • Archiving Storage: Network Attached Storage of 550 TB capacity usable after the RAID

Software Architecture:

Cluster Software stack model (click to enlarge):
Operating system

Each computing and master node runs the CentOS Linux operating system, version 7 and you’ll have to interface with them by using the command line.

Thus, you are more than encouraged to become familiar – if not yet – with Linux commands. We can recommend the following sites and resources:

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