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Equipment

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

HPC costs are determined by memory and/or GPU size. Free Community Nodes are available for qualifying researchers who want access to the power of HPC, but don't need the dedicated resources a paid plan guarantees.

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.

Thorny Flat

Thorny Flat is WVU Latest HPC Cluster. It was deployed in Feburary 2019 and funded in large part by NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Grant Award #1726534. The cluster is a 4,208 core cluster spread over 108 nodes using a shared Intel Omnipath 100Gbps Interconnect. The system is a heterogeneous cluster in which there are different node types. In addition, each year a new addition is added to the cluster, which is known as a new phase. The cluster has five phase and currently is in phase 0.

Phase 0/1 Compute Node Specifications

  • Small Memory 2 x 6138 Intel Procs 40 Cores 96GB RAM
  • Medium Memory 2 x 6138 Intel Procs 40 Cores 192GB RAM
  • Large Memory 2 x 6138 Intel Procs 40 Cores 384GB RAM
  • XL Memory 2 x 6138 Intel Procs 40 Cores 768GB RAM 
  • GPU 2 x 6126 Intel Procs 24 Cores 3 x NVIDIA Quadro P6000 24GB PCIe GPUs 96GB RAM

Spruce Knob

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 an 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 3/4 Compute Node Specifications

  • Small Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (24 Cores) and 64 GB RAM
  • Medium Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (24 Cores) and 128 GB RAM
  • Large Memory Node: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (24 Cores) and 512 GB RAM
  • GPU Node Option 1: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (24 Cores) and 64 GB RAM w/1 NVIDIA K20X GPU
  • GPU Node Option 2: Dual Intel 2650v4 Xeon 2.2 GHz (24 Cores) and 64 GB RAM w/1 NVIDIA K40 GPU

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 Disk Storage for more storage information.

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