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Equipment

Spruce Knob and Mountaineer are the two WVU HPC systems available for research use.

Spruce Knob's costs are determined by memory and/or GPU size.
Mountaineer is free to use by WVU faculty and through other WV colleges and universities.

Spruce Knob is WVU’s latest HPC system. This system is a 2,704 core heterogeneous high-density computing cluster based on Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, and Haswell processors. Spruce Knob follows a condo model where faculty members can purchase direct access to nodes on the cluster making them part owners of the cluster. Cluster owners are guaranteed access to their nodes within 4 hours of a job submission and no wall time limits to their respective queue on the cluster. Cluster owners may also borrow up to 4 hours to idle nodes on the cluster.

Spruce Knob also features 52 nodes (848 cores) that are generally available to the WVU research community, including others at higher education institutions in WV, at no cost. These nodes are limited to a 1 week wall time.

Spruce Knob is built out in phases with each phase utilizing new and updated hardware. Each phase has a expected lifetime of 5 years when the manufacture warranty expires.

Phase 0/1 Compute Node Specifications

  • Small Memory Node: Dual Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon 2.6 GHz 16 Cores 32 GB of RAM
  • Medium Memory Node: Dual Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon 2.6 GHz 16 Cores 16 Cores 64 GB of RAM node
  • Large Memory Node: Dual Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon 2.6 GHz 16 Cores 512 GB of RAM
  • SMP Node: Quad Intel Sandy Bridge Xeon 2.2 GHz 32 Cores 64 GB of RAM
  • GPU Compute Node: Dual Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon 2.6 GHz 16 Cores 16 Cores 64 GB of RAM node with 1 to 3 NVIDIA K20 GPUs

Phase 2 Compute Node Specifications

  • Small Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v3 Xeon 2.3 GHz (20 Cores) and 64 GB RAM
  • Medium Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v3 Xeon 2.3 GHz (20 Cores) and 128 GB RAM
  • Large Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v3 Xeon 2.3 GHz (20 Cores) and 512 GB RAM
  • GPU Node: Dual Intel 2650v3 Xeon 2.3 GHz (20 Cores) and 64 GB RAM w/1 NVIDIA K20 GPU

Phase 3 Compute Node Specifications

  • Small Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (20 Cores) and 64 GB RAM
  • Medium Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (20 Cores) and 128 GB RAM
  • Large Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (20 Cores) and 512 GB RAM
  • GPU Node Option 1: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (20 Cores) and 64 GB RAM w/1 NVIDIA K20X GPU
  • GPU Node Option 2: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (20 Cores) and 64 GB RAM w/1 NVIDIA K40 GPU

For detailed specifications, including the current nodes distribution of either system, see our Systems page on our User Wiki Portal.

Additional specifications

  • All nodes will be connected to an FDR Infiniband Fabric
  • External connectivity via dual 10 Gb links and is connected to WVU's Science DMZ.
  • All nodes will have access to a high-speed parallel GPFS file system that is capable of more than 7 GB/sec throughput. See the Research Computing Wiki for more storage information.

Mountaineer

Mountaineer is WVU's oldest shared cluster and it is a 384 core Intel high-density computing cluster based on Xeon Westmere processors. Each node has 12 cores and 48GB of RAM, providing 4GB per node average. Storage is provided by a direct-attached SAN unit with 10TB of formatted disk space, as well as a network attached storage system with 60 TB of storage capacity.

Mountaineer has a 10Gb Ethernet interconnect to provide high speed interconnection among nodes. Network attached storage is provided over this backbone, allowing data to be transferred rapidly. External connectivity is provided by a pair of 10Gb redundant fiber-optic links.

Mountaineer is available to the WVU research community, including others at higher education institutions in WV, at no cost. Please follow the Research Computing Wiki to request access.