A Computational Cluster for Advanced Plasma Physics Simulations
Final rept. 1 Jun 2008-30 Apr 2010
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS
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This DURIP equipment award was used to purchase, install, and bring on-line a computational cluster for plasma physics simulations. An SGI integrated cluster environment ICE unit was purchased, featuring 192 2.8 GHz processors on 24 nodes with 384 GB highspeed RAM on an Infiniband backbone. Additional nodes include an 8-processor login node 32 GB RAM and a data server with a 6 TB RAID6 Infiniband system, plus admin and rack leader nodes. SGI personnel setup the system on-site, with additional integration performed by our local IT personnel. SGI also installed cluster control software and licenses for the SUSE-based Linux operating system. Software was purchased and installed including Intel Fortran and CC compiler suites debuggers, performance measurements, etc., the TotalView parallel debugger, and the MOABPBS scheduling software. Comparisons were made amongst several cluster manufacturers, including Cray, IBM, Dell, Silicon Mechanics, Rackable Sytems, and SiCortex before deciding on the SGI ICE model as the most turn-key system. The system was ordered in late 2008 and arrived in early 2009 and was up and running routinely with local users in a few weeks. Local University of Washington computational groups have made extensive use of the DURIP cluster, running several different advanced extended MHDtwo-fluid codes. This DURIP award has greatly increased turnaround time and productivity for these groups.
- Theoretical Mathematics
- Computer Programming and Software
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics